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VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Ahimni Association Officers
William Ginther '69BS '74MS/B
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Jo Lynne DeMary '72MEd
Nina Sims '93BS/MC
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Dan Massey '92BS/B
Kristi Vera KMSW
OFFICES AT LARGE
Chairs ofScliooI Aluinni Boards
Shirley McDaniel '99BGS
NONTR ADITI ONAL STUDIES PROGRAM
Thomas Phillips Jr. '73MS/B
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Stephanie Holt '74BS/B
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Board of Directors
TERM EXPIRING 2006
Marika Byrd '92BGS/H&S
Quentin Corbett '72BS/B
Irvin Farmer '69BS/B
Joseph Holicky III '768S '78MS/B '77BS/H&S
Susan Noble '96MT/E
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Eleanor Rumae Foddrell '82BS/B
D. Matthew Grammer OIBS/En
Carol Negus '63BFA
TERM EXPIRING 200a
Kathleen Burke Barrett '71BS 73MS/B
William Davis '74BS '79MS/H&S
Jo Lynn DeMary '72MEd
Stephanie Holt '74BS/E
Juanita Leatberberry '73BS/B
Timothy McKeever '96MBA
Michael Wade '36BS/H&S '91MS(RC)/AH
Linda Warren '75BS/B
AFRICAN AMERICAN ALUMNI COUNCIL
Nina Sims '93BS/MC
VCU West: Alumni Wanted
in Los Angeles!
Several hundred VCU/RPI/MCV graduates
live and work in Los Angeles, and we need a
chapter! Our LA alumni are renowned
doctors and entertainment industry execu-
tives, photographers and actors, business
and marketing gurus, artists and musicians.
We are developing a chapter that will
focus on creating a valuable network for
alumni to find new contacts and business
opportunities as well as socializing with old
friends and supporting VCU and current
If you are an RPI or VCU or MCV alum
and live in LA, please get involved! Contact
Kieran Donahue to be on our LA Alumni list
for upcoming events and news: (310) 820-
0980 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
lA'hen Coach Jeff Cape! took charge of
Rams Men's Basketball March 5, 2002, he
was the youngest Division 1 coach in the
country. In his first season as head coach,
Capel led VCU to an 18-10 overall record and
a 12-6 mark in the CAA. He guided Virginia
Commonwealth to the #2 seed in the confer-
ence's postseason tournament, VCU's
highest seed since 1996.
Capel posted the best-ever winning per-
centage for a first-year VCU head men's bas-
ketball coach, and tied the school mark for
most victories in his first season. He was
named Virginia University Division Coach of
the Year for 2003. Find out about this year's
players and strategies. VCU Ticket Office:
"Do well, and do good"
At VCU Commencement May 17, after break-
fast for hosted by the VCU and MCV Alumni
Associations, graduates, families and friends
heard from Roger Gregory, the first African-
American to be appointed to the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Fourth Circuit "Live a public life that arises
from private concerns," said Gregory, who received an honorary
Doctor of Humane Letters. "What are you waiting for? Go forward,
do well and do good." VCU awarded 4,168 degrees for 2002-03.
Whew. Isabel has come and gone September 18-19, with a
handful of tornados early September 23. VCU closed both
campuses Thursday and Friday during the storm, with the MCV
Campus (which never lost power) reopening Monday, and the
Academic Campus Tuesday. MCV Hospitals was the only hospital
in the Richmond area that never lost power or all water pressure.
Friday, a week after Isabel, key traffic lights near campus were
still out, with police directing traffic at peak hours.
About 3,000 VCU students were riders of the storm. On the
Academic Campus, most buildings lost power and water pressure —
which meant undrinkable water until September 23. Backup
generators provided emergency power at larger residence halls;
and there was enough water in the system to keep the dorms flush.
Dining Services fed students right through the storm wrth a backup
generator and refrigerator at Hibbs. Even so, "We had to modify
the menu to use what products we had in the house," operations
manager Janet Worley told VCU's Commonwealth Times.
More than 280 students and a few neighborhood families
camped out at The Siegel Center (which never lost power,
although ready with a generator and extra fuel). For the duration,
students came in to charge cell phones and use computers, as
well as about 30 community people who plugged in respirators.
All told, Isabel let
both campuses off
lightly. Huge trees fell
Cabell Library but
missed the buildings.
Minor damage from
wind and water to eight
of VCU's 161 buildings
was repaired quickly.
Fall Reading Days
Oct. 16-17 were
canceled to make up
lost class days. Tim-bemr! In tlie alley behind The Chcitcr-
field bettt'em W. Franklin and Grace Streets.
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VCU's Hearty AlphabeTt^Soup
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Cover: Photo by Cade Martin '90BGS/H&S, art direction by Shafer Court
Connections designer, Ben Comatzer (red tie). And yes, that's VCU's pyramid
of power on the roof of the School of Engineering, site of the shoot.
Stay Connected. At www.VCU-MCVAIumni.ora.
VCUAA members can get low-cost internet service through vcu.org.
Shafer Court CoiVKCtiom is
a magaziiie for alumni and
friends of the Academic Campus of
Virginia Commonwealth University
in Richmond, VCU is a Carnegie One
Research University with an enroll-
ment of 26,700 students on the
Academic and Medical College of
Virginia Campuses. The magazine is
published twice a year by VCU
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On behalf of each member of our family,
I want to thank you for the wonderful
article about my husband, Phil Meggs, in
the Spring, 2003 issue of Shafer Court
There have been a number of articles
about Phil, including very nice ones in
Tlie New York Times, Print Magazine
(twice), and the Los Angeles Daily News.
While these articles were wonderful
tributes to my husband, none of them
touched our hearts so much as your
We deeply appreciate the fact that you
contacted our family to include our
memories and comments about the
person we loved most in the wodd. Your
article, besides citing Phil's professional
achievements, also captured his spirit of
fun in a beautifully written format.
With gratitude and admiration,
Libby Meggs '65BFA
Great NASCAR connection story.
College of Humanities and Sciences
Return of the Native
Novelist and RPl alumnus Tom Robbins
'59BS/MC hosted a barbeQandA at VCU
to benefit VCU Libraries on October 5,
2003. Robbins read the passage about
leaving Richmond from his classic Even
Cowgirls Get tlie Blues (among Tlie Sail
Francisco Chronicle's 100 Best Novels of
the 20th Century) and new work, and
schmoozed with thrilled fans and alumni.
One reader had named her goats after
Robbins characters and brought photos,
which seems entirely appropriate.
The Author Incognito is in the photo
with Richmond writer and VCU creative
writing instructor David Robbins, who
introduced Tom Robbins.
A 1989 Alumni Star, Robbins has
donated his papers to Cabell Library's
Special Collections — and Cabell happens
to be on the site of his old basement
apartment. Robbins' latest novel is Villa
Incognito. Writers Digest named Tom
Robbins one of the 100 Best Writers of the
20th Century. The barbeque netted nearly
$8,000 for the libraries.
On May 10th, I returned to VCU as a
doctoral student in the School of
Education. What a transformation VCU
has undergone since I graduated twenty-
four years ago! I was lost on a familiar
campus in my hometown.
The bookstore was no longer in the
cramped, dingy basement of the Hibbs
Building, but in a modem, colorful, well-
lit facility. Thankfully, the library was in
its same location; however, it did not look
like the old library 1 remembered. 1 may
not be looking forward to my long hours
there, but it vnll now be a much more
enjoyable environment in which to
study. Although VCU will always be a
sprawling, urban university, the campus
has been definitely spruced up- brick side-
walks, colorful banners, shrubs and
flowers, park benches and grassy areas.
My favorable impressions also extend
to the students. The young man who
issued my VCU card welcomed me back
to campus. The young man in the library
B '/m 4
could not have been nicer responding to
my 101 questions. The young lady in the
bookstore gave me the 10% alumni
discount although 1 did not have my
VCU Alumni Association card with me.
She said 1 looked and sounded honest.
And the young lady (with the purple hair)
flashed me the brightest smile as she
pointed me in the direction of the text-
books I sought. I don't know who or how
VCU is tiaining its student-employees,
but the students know how to provide
I try not to stare at the students with
purple, pink or orange hair, tattoos
extending from wrist to shoulder or
multiple body piercings. . .but give me a
few more weeks and 1 probably v\ill not
I look forward to being both a student
and alumna as VCU continues with its
growth and progress.
Rebecca Clarke '79Post-Certiflcate/B
The View from SunTrust
On October 8, alumni who work at
SunTrust Financial Corporation took in
the view from the top at a late afternoon
reception on SunTrust's 24th floor. Co-
hosts were BiU Ginther '69BS'74MS/B,
VCU Alumni Association president and
SunTrust corporate executive vice presi-
dent, and SunTrust's chair, president and
CEO C.T. Hill— also a tinstee for the
School of Engineering Foundation.
About 100 people heard VCU's top
executive. President Eugene Trani, talk
about plans for a downtown Monroe
Campus and our new MacArthur Fellow,
sculptor Daisy Youngblood '63-'66A.
Great food, a little wine and conversation
filled out the afternoon.
SHAFER COURT 2 CONNECTIONS
We're the Top!
When US News & World Report reported "America's
Best Graduate Schools" in August, VCU's School
of the Arts rang the bell, with three departments
and the School's Vlaster of Fine Arts rated in the
top ten. "Practically everything we've done for the
past seven years has been for national notice,"
says Richard Toscan, dean of the school. "It's so
important to our students."
School of the Arts MFA
Painting and Printmaking
From the MCV Campus, Nurse Anesthesia was
also number 1 in the country, and Health
Administration number 5. Other programs on
both campuses were rated in the top 20 and 50.
Two New Schools in H&S
VCU started the fall semester with two brand new
schools in VCU's College of Humanities and
Sciences. Dr. McKenna Brown now leads the
School of Worid Studies, and Dr. Robert
Holsworth heads the School of Government and
The largest of its kind in the Southeast, the
School of Government and Public Affairs offers
programs in criminal justice, non-profit manage-
ment, economics, public administration, political
science and urban studies. In the VCU tradition,
Holsworth says, "The School tianslates theory into
practice. Students can work in actual political
campaigns, intern in international aid
organizations, and develop skills to
manage city agencies or to become
criminal investigators. Our faculty includes
leading researchers as well as people in
high governmental and political office."
The School of V^orld Studies offers
programs in foreign languages, geography,
cultural anthropology, international
studies and religious studies. Brown
explains, "Our school addresses crucial
topics of the new century, such as the
impact of globalization on society and the
environment. Our graduates will function
well across linguistic and cultural borders."
Dr. Stephen Gottfredson, dean of
humanities and sciences, e.xpects the new
major in African American Studies to
enhance both new schools and bring new out-
of-state students to VCU. He told the Coininon-
wealth Times, "African-American studies clearly is
culUiral studies, but it is also government and
public affairs." Faculty in African-American
Studies, he explained, also teach in one of the
new schools, and will strengthen both programs.
Sculptor Daisy Youngblood '63-'66A has won
a MacArthur "genius" grant. Her mythic animals,
people and combination creatures in clay and
cast bronze convey intense emotional complexity
and a sense of vulnerability. www.maLfouiui.org/
Sculpture graduate student Alessandra Torres
has been awarded the prestigious Javits Fellowship
for high achievement in the arts. VCU's "diverse
community of faculty and students," she says,
"has both supported and challenged my work."
Israel ,Ar"^>?i?saclor at VCU
Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Daniel Ayalon,
spoke at VCU October 7, sponsored by VCU's
student Hillel Chapter. "For Israel peace is... a
moral obligation," he said, but until the terrorist
attacks stop, Israel will protect itself by going into
enemy territory to find terrorists — as the U.S. is
doing in Afghanistan and Iraq, he continued.
Leadership must change before peace, Ayalon
said, commenting that Arafat has received $7
billion in aid, but most Palestinians live in
poverty. Student reaction was mi.xed, with many
glad of the information, and some students com-
paring the situation to segregation in the South
and to Richmond's treatment of the homeless.
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Dr. Fred Hawkridge, professor and chair
of VCU's Department of Chemistry,
received the American Chemical
Society's Award for Distinguished
Service in the Advancement of
- Analytical Chemistry.
J. David Pinkston. chair of the ACS
Division of Analytical Chemistry, vi/rote
of Hawkridge's, "extraordinary contribu-
tions as an officer of the Division, a
program officer at the National Science
Foundation, a mentor to young analytical
faculty members, an editor of influential
journals in our field, a devoted educator,
and last but not least, a research leader
opening new and important horizons in
the analytical sciences,"
Poet David Wojahn of the English
Department was awarded a
Guggenheim Fellowship of $40,000 to
work on a book of new and selected
poems in 2004. His poetry and criticism
have appeared in The New Yorker, Best
American Poe(/y and elsewhere. His
latest book of poetry. Spirit Cabinet
(2002), does honor to the terrible truths
of the past century:
...song arises from
the punished flesh: the finch more
after the white-hot wires have
pierced its eyes.
The Wright Vision
Kenneth and Dianne Wright have
donated $10.5 million to VCU's School
of Engineering. Their gift supports the
School's Phase II construction of a new
bio-engineering building, a biochip
research facility, and more funding for
faculty and students. The Virginia
[Vlicroelectronics Center was renamed
in their honor in April.
"Dianne and I look fonward to the
School of Engineering's continued
expansion," said Kenneth Wright an
Engineering Foundation trustee.
Isabel was forgotten for a few hours on September 20 while 5,000 people at the
Siegel Center mellowed out on ballads from three-time Grammy winner Bruce
Hornsby and laughed themselves silly at Jay Leno's wit. (And
they were rolling!) Health care insurance corporation Athem
sponsored the benefit for VCU's Massey Cancer Center. Every
bit of the ticket price went to the Anthem Cancer Research
Endowment Fund for Massey,
Before the concert, Life
Members of the VCU Alumni
Associations were delighted by
a lantern-lit reception at the
unpowered Alumni Fiouse. If
the show goes on, so does the
party. Many guests still had no
electricity at home, in DC and
Fredencksburg as well as
Richmond, so glad cries greeted
the hot catered food and drinks
with ice! Intrepid staff even
cleaned up by battery-powered
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FALL 3 2003
"The concept of spin is a three-letter
word: lie." Wallace Stettinius, retired
chair of Cadmus Communications, said
forcefully at a School of Business sym-
posium in June on business ethics. The
eight panelists argued that ethical
practice was good business. "If you do
the right thing for a the right reason,"
believes James Ukrop, chair of Ukrop's
Super Markets Inc. and First Market
Bank, "good things usually happen." He
also emphasized CEO responsibility.
"Everything starts at the top. When the
fish gets rotten, the head stinks first."
Stettinius, now a senior executive
fellow in the School of Business, had
just co-authored a book, Corporate
Governance, part of the McGraw-Hill
Executive MBA Series. Responding to
recent corporate scandals, the book sets
out a plan for better accountability for
executives and boards of directors,
Biotech 6 Opens
The newest building in the Virginia
Biotechnology Research Park — a city-
state-private-VCU partnership — opened
in June. Labs in the $63 million building
are equipped to handle diseases like
anthrax, tuberculosis and West Nile
virus. There is space for a Biosatety
Level 4 Laboratory for analyzing the
most dangerous and yet unknown organ-
isms, like smallpox, ebola, SARS and
monkeypox. Once equipped it would be
one of five in the country. Virginia also
operates one of the five labs to test for
dangerous chemicals which might be
used by terrorists,
"This lab is in many ways our first
line of defense against new and tradi-
tional threats" to public health, said
Governor Mark Warner.
VCU honored four outstanding faculty nnembers at Convocation on
Lester Van Winkle, School of the Arts • Distinguished Teaching Award
In 34 years on the sculpture faculty, Van Winkle played a major role in building
the graduate sculpture program ranked first nationally by U.S. News & World
Report. He has led RPlA/CU students at all levels, from freshman Arts
Foundation to graduate studios. "They are a magical lot with a compulsion to
make things," he says. "Their curiosity is palpable." Students quote "Lester's
Laws": "There's nothing negative about space."
Nicholas Farrell PhD, College of Humanities and Sciences • Distinguished
Dr. Farrell, professor of inorganic chemistry at VCU since 1 993, is recognized
internationally for work in platinum chemistry. Since 1998 he has attracted $1 .8
million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer
Society, the National Institutes of Health and Novuspharma for his work on non-
classical platinums. He established the first Gordon Research Conference on
metals in medicine, held in July, 2002. He was chair of the 9th International
Symposium on Platinum Compounds in Cancer Chemotherapy in October in
New York City.
JoAnne Henry EdD, RN, School of Nursing • Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Henry is director of VCU's Office of Health Policy and Research. In 25 years
at VCU, she has focused on better health care for underserved communities.
As director of the Community Nursing Organization she won $700,000 in grants
to develop new models of nursing practice and community partnerships —
programs that can sustain themselves beyond the grant. The point is "to bring
new knowledge to the users" — the nurses, agency heads and elected officials.
"University service is not 'doing good,' but knowledge work."
Earl Ellis PhD, School of Medicine • University Award of Excellence
Dr. Ellis is a professor of pharmacology and toxicology and director of the
MD/PhD program. A major contributor to VCU research into traumatic brain
injury, Ellis recently invented a new approach to studying the effects of traumatic
injury on individual brain cells in tissue culture, to help physicians study the
biochemical and functional processes of brain injury.
Niclwhis Farrell PhD
v?3?jencln<s the Sisprsiirce Court
In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that
lawyers must review a client's background to look
for extenuating evidence that could influence a
jury or judge in sentencing. Hans Selvog's
'86MSW research into the brutally abusive child-
hood of death row inmate Kevin Wiggins was
cited throughout the Court's majority opinion.
Selvog (with mentor Dr. Michael Sheridan) works
at the National Center on Institutions and
Altematives in Alexandria, Virginia. He is a Ph.D.
candidate in social work.
Gene Huang, chief economist for FedEx Corp.,
and Business Week's Most Accurate Forecaster in
2002, spoke with VCU economics majors in
September. Huang forecast a strong third quarter
of 2003, noting a rise in retail, housing and auto
sectors. Although FedEx has access to real-time
economic data from 215 countries, he said, the
company doesn't try to predict more than five
years ahead. "The biggest issue is still the geopolit-
ical issue," Huang said. Global terrorism is the
biggest risk to economic growth — and there is no
mathematical model to predict it.
Students did hear one remark that might
predict their own futures; FedEx hires many PhDs
The Bottom Line isn't impact-
ing bookstore lines. VCU's
total enrollment is 26,700, up
from 26,000 last year. In ^^^.j £jjj^ p^j^
August, for the fifth year in a
row, VCU welcomed its biggest freshman class.
There are 3,250 freshmen this fall, up from
3,048 in 2002. The number of out-of-state
students (paying higher tuition) nearly doubled
since last year. Also increasing are African
American, Asian, Hispanic and Native American
students, who make up 38 percent of new
freshmen. There is a 30 percent increase in overall
Life Sciences enrollment; and the Forensic Science
major nearly doubled since last year.
VCU's intemational student enrollment is up,
unaffected by stricter regulation of student visas.
New foreign students (who pay full out-of-state
tuition except for a few athletes on scholarship)
are up, to 181 ft-om 120 new students last year.
VCU's total intemational enrollment is 653. They
come from India — 21%; China — 17%; South
Korea— 12%; the rest mostly ft-om Asia. VCU has
30 Kuwaiti smdents but only 17 Saudis, who are
having more visa hurdles.
Spiffy new and renewed housing, on-campus
and nearby, is attracting a lot of students. This fall
4,000 students are living in dorms, creating a buzz
on campus aroimd the clock.
SHAFER COURT 4 CONNECTIONS
Performing surgery is hard enough, but in zero
gravity? Dr. Azhar Raflq '03MBA is a co-investi-
gator with the NASA Research Partnership Center
at VCU's Department of Surgery. He and 15 others
traveled to Johnson Space Center in Houston, to
measure the efficacy of their virtual reality simula-
tion e.xperiments in a zero-gravity environment
aboard NASA's KC-135 airplane.
Rafiq's mission was accepted and funded by
NASA in October, 2002— thanks, Raflq says, to
giant-writing guidance from Center director Dr.
Ronald Merrell. The team was evaluating the per-
fomiance of astionauts and NASA flight surgeons
doing surgery in zero gravity. Results will show
how to better tiain and mentor astronauts for
Raflq adds, "It was unlike anything on earth. I
would do it again in a flash." He has already filed
for a follow-up study. In photo line-up are Dr.
Mary Sebastian, VCU surgery resident, Oracle's
Tyler Muth, and Rafiq.
The Bottom Line
Since fall 2002, VCU has been responding to a
national budget crisis brought on by a recession
and years of federal and state ta.\ cuts. Virginia
students faced a mid-year increase in January and
another this fall. Since 2002-03, VCU's undergrad-
uate in-state tuition and fees have risen $651, a
15.4 percent increase. In Virginia, students are
paying an average of $1,000 more per year. In
May a state report suggested raising tuition 10
percent each of the next three years, to replace the
cunent yearly $351 million shortfall and build a
balance for tight times.
At VCU, tuition dollars are making up some
deficits. The College of Humanities and Sciences
has added back 15 biology classes, 13 labs, eight
history classes, and language and math courses so
students could graduate on time. The School of
Business hired adjunct and full-time nontenured
faculty to teach more sections of necessary classes.
In 2002-03, VCU Libraries suspended book
purchasing for the spring and cancelled thousands
of journal subscriptions. If you need a double
espresso just hearing all this, get it at Java 901 in
Cabell Library or Skull & Beans cafe in Tompkins-
McCaw Library. When you buy a cup of Java at
the library, your purchase does
double duty; the Libraries' share of
profits from every cup is used solely
to buy books. Java 901 sold 66,000
cups in its first five months.
Not your mother's library, agrees University
Librarian John Ulmschneider. Speaking in to NPR
on August 22, he commented, "Students now
expect coffee bars [and] computers wherever they
turn. [Their] work ethos is mulfltasking." Java 901
multitasks itself, keeping students in the library
and awake to learn, while adding more books.
"Wake up and smell the coffee," says
"We Can't Be More Thankful"
As Winston Cup driver Jerry Nadeau sped along
Richmond International Raceway May 2 in a
practice run, he set a record, though not the kind
he was aiming for. When the driver's side of his
car slammed into a concrete wall, the impact was
the highest G-force hit reported by NASCAR. As
one offlcial said, 'Tt was easily the hardest hit. . .it
was a whopper."
Suffering a partially collapsed lung as well as
head and rib injuries, Nadeau was flown immedi-
ately to the VCU Medical Center, a Level 1 tiauma
center — and home base for seven of the nine
doctors who wrote the standards for treating head
trauma. For three weeks, 32-year-old Nadeau was
semiconscious and unable to speak. He improved
slowly under the expert neurosurgical and rehab
teams. By May 22, his colleague. Jay Frye com-
mented, 'T'm overwhelmed. ...Today, it was an
absolutely normal conversation. We can't be more
thankful than we are right now."
On September 5, Nadeau returned to thank
neurosurgeon Dr. Kathryn Holloway, and ICU
and rehab staff. "I feel good — really good,"
Nadeau said gratefully. He hopes to drive his
U.S. Army sponsored Pontiac at the Daytona 500
On June 1 , John Duval took over as
CEO of the VCU Health System's MCV
Hospitals, Duval had been COO of the
University Medical Center at the
University of Arizona Health Sciences
Center. "We are excited to have a
person of his caliber and experience
joining our team," says VCU President
Edwin Blanks retired in
September as vice provost for Academic
Admini-stration. He had been at VCU
since 1965, when he joined the faculty
of the Information Systems Department
in the School of Business, In his long
career in teaching and administration,
Blanks co-authored numerous articles on
computing and information systems.
In July, Dr. David Sarrett became
associate vice president for Health
Sciences for Academic Affairs, over-
seeing academic administration and
planning on the MCV Campus. He
also continues as assistant dean for
Academic Affairs and director of
Graduate Programs in the School
Dr Micah McCreary, associate
professor of psychology, is the first
assistant vice provost for diversity. He
will continue to teach as well as to
promote racial and cultural diversity on
New to VCU's Board of Visitors
are Dr. John C. Doswell 11 79DDS,
a Richmond dentist and a member of the
MCV Foundation Board: Anne "Panny"
Rhodes, fomier Richmond delegate to
the Virginia legislature: and Ralph
"Bill" Axselle Jr., a former Henrico
delegate who is partner and chair of
governmental affairs at Williams Mullen
Bugging Terrorism. Backed by a $1 million Pentagon grant, VCU biologist Dr,
Karen Kester is bugging the soil, the ground and the air, to see if insects can gather
information about deadly or hazardous agents. Her two dozen species of bugs are
"little sponges or dust mops," She thinks they could become part of a "24/7
sampling scheme," sent instead of people to collect toxins in a building or area
suspected of contamination.
Emergency Services. The U,S, Department of Health and Human SeiA/ices has
awarded a $1 .5 million grant to VCU to educate physicians, nurses, paramedics,
police, firefighters and government officials to respond effectively to bioterronsm
emergencies. The high-tech anti-bioterronsm courses include advanced, basic and
core disaster life support, sometimes using high-tech patient robotic simulator
systems.The University will tram about 3,000 people, mostly Virginians, in the next
Together Again. Dr. John Fenn (definitely not resting on his Nobel laurels) has a
$90,000 anti-terronsm grant with Russian colleague Aliexei Rebrov of the Design-
Technological Institute of Instrument Engineering of Geophysics and Ecology in
Novosibirsk. They will co-direct a project to build a portable system to detect and
identify trace levels of airborne warfare agents to give early warning of terrorist
attacks. The grant is from the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation.
Fenn and electrical engineer Joe Bango Jr. are developing an anthrax detection and
collection system for the Marine Corps,
Potable Water. VCU environmental specialists are monitonng Richmond's
dnnking water as part of a one-year, $140,000 contract with the city. The university
is testing the water for chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants
PhD in Epidemiology. Responding to heightened concern about bioterronsm,
VCU has established the only Ph,D, program in epidemiology in Virginia, Graduates
will protect public health better with advanced training in prevention, surveillance,
intervention and treatment of diseases in populations.
No. 21 Retired!
This year, VCU basketball foward
Kristine Austgulen '03BS/H&S
became the first woman in VCU
Basl<etball to have her jersey retired —
and probably the first Norwegian bas-
ketball player of any level or gender
to have a jersey retired in the U.S.
Awestruck. Austgulen said, "There
have been a lot of great players in this
program. I feel extremely honored,"
Austgulen holds 1 1 season records
and 10 career records in VCU's all-time
record book. And a slew of academic
awards; the political science major
carried a 4.0 GPA, "I pretty much
attribute everything to hard work,"
Can You Handle Yourself?
They can handle the ball, but can they
handle themselves? Fifty of the nation's
top 100 high school basketball players
came to VCU for the NBA Players
Association National High School Camp
this summer. Very young and very
talented, these young men face pressure
on and off the court. They got in-depth
coaching on everything from conflict res-
olution to etiquette to court moves.
"Our goal is to provide as much edu-
cation as we can so these guys can have
a suit of armor to deflect all of the
possible attacks," says camp director
After Fred Chabrow's car was hit by a
truck, the former public defender had
lost balance, impaired coordination and
limited use of his right side. He lost
not only his work, but his avocation:
he thought he'd never take another
VCU seniors in biomedical
engineering, Erin Mallahan '03BS/En
and Elizabeth Anderson '03BS/En,
restored his art through theirs They
designed a three-pound, waist-mounted
camera support system with a left-
handed handle so he can move a
"This is great," says Chabrow. "I
had missed it." "I'm very happy because
Fred is happy," says Anderson. "It makes
me feel good."
Massey Research and Treatment
On September 25, VCU's Massey Cancer Center
broke ground for a much-needed expansion.
Here are a few ways Massey is "making hope into
reality," as National Cancer Institute director Dr.
Andrew von Eschenbach said at the ceremony.
Genetic Keys. In August the National Cancer
Institute awarded a five-year, $4.5 million grant
to the Massey Cancer Center to continue research
into genetic aspects of radiation treatment
Under the earlier grant, VCU researchers
identified a cancer cell gene which protected
the cell from radiation. By blocking the gene's
function, researchers made the cancerous cell
more vulnerable to radiation. The team also
showed that injecting the herpes simplex vims
gene into certain brain cancer cells dramatically
increases the effectiveness of radiation therapy.
Now the team will study the roles of genes
in multiple signaling pathways in a number
of cancers. "The ultimate goal," says radiation
oncologist and team leader Dr. Rupert Schmidt-
Ullrich,"is... target-specific genetic radiotherapy,"
EMRT. Massey is one of the major cancer centers
in the country offering a new treatment that
targets radiation much more precisely to cancer-
ous cells while sending a much lighter dose to
adjacent healthy cells — especially important for a
tumor near vital organs like the brain or eye. TMRT
(intensity-modulated radiotherapy) uses imaging
technology like CT scanners and a set of moving
tungsten leaves that block and shape the radiation
beam for exquisite precision. "It's incredible
power," says Schmidt-Ullrich.
Blood Cancers. A team headed by Dr. Steven
Grant received a the Translational-Clinical Award
and $300,000 three-year grant (matched by VCU)
from the V Foundation for Cancer Research. They
are studying the effectiveness of a combination of
experimental dmgs on several blood cancers.
Dealing witli Pain. Masse/s Thomas Palliative
Care Unit, treating more than 500 patients a year,
has received a three-year, $750,000 grant from The
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to share its
knowledge. "Massey is clearly recognized as a
national leader in pain and symptom control,"
says medical director Dr. Thomas Smith. "Now we
can teach our methods to more than 100 teams
from other cancer centers."
Worker Riqhts: EU vs US
"Employment laws in Europe are light years away
from ours," comments Dr. Carol Rasnic, VCU
School of Business expert in comparative labor
law. Every summer since 1991, Rasnic has taught
in a German or Austrian law school, on American
labor and employment law and U.S.
Constitutional Law. She has published widely
comparing legal systems in Europe and the U.S.
VVhen Rasnic lectured this summer in Linz on
U.S. law for private pension plans and social
security, "that audience was amazed," she says. In
European social states, Rasnic explains, retirees
receive 100 percent of their fulltime pay. U.S.
social security allows about 40 percent of pre-
retirement wage. A study of the two systems by
Rasnic and German Professor Reinhard Resch will
be published in a German law journal.
Job security for European workers "is protected
and overseen by the courts"; paid leave for new
children and illnesses is generous — a year and a
half paid parental leave.
The EU's Amsterdam Treaty of 1999 prohibits
workplace discrimination on the ground of sexual
preference. American courts are not there yet.
Rasnic notes, "There is a decided nonchalance
in Europe about situations which here are quite
contioversial, like gay rights. One young German
lawyer commented, 'Ach, es istegal — lebm imd
lebm lassm!' (Oh, it's all the same — live and
She suggests drily, "If one were choosing where
to do business, it would depend upon whether he
is an employee or an employer."
This fall on her third Fulbright, Rasnic is
studying and lecturing at the law school in
Galway, Ireland about comparative laws protect-
ing rights for people with disabilities, a current
issue for the EU. Rasnic's Nortiiem Ireland: Can Sean
and John Live in Peace? came out this spring.
Dramatic. VCU performance majors Letitia
"Tia" James and Aaron Holland are already
making their mark. In June, they won the most
honored acting prize for theater students at the
Kennedy Center American College Theatre
Festival in Washington.
"I'm still kind of in shock," says James,
who attributes her success to "college life,
growing up and coming into my own." Next
Compassionate. Recently, Sohaib
Mohluddin '03BS/H&S formerly president of
VCU's Muslim Students Association, was one
of five students nationwide, of 1 27 nominated,
to receive the Howard R. Swearer Student
Humanitarian Award for service to the com-
munity. "This award is a tribute to MSA
members, not only on this campus but on
campuses all over," said Mohiuddin. MSA
also received VCU's student multicultural
award for their work to create understanding
and connection between Muslim students
and others since 2001 .
Inventive. Last summer, senior chemistry
major Takiya Ahmed '03BS/En garnered
first-place honors at the National Organization
for Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
conference in Indianapolis. Ahmed's research
examined ways to reduce or eliminate
hazardous substances and chemical workers'
exposure to them.
"Takiya's success shows just what
impact research opportunities can have on
our undergraduate students," says her advisor,
Dr. Stephen Watton.
ingenious. In March, VCU School of
Engineering's Jonathan Andrews '02BS/En
won Mentor Graphics Corporation's 2003 RGB
Technology Leadership Awards University
Scholarship. The award promotes innovation in
education for printed circuit board designers.
" I was constantly amazed, as I worked
more with the tools, at how I could simplify
tasks I had previously struggled with, " says
Andrews. "I also learned that board layout is
not a trivial task."
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JY JORIEL C F0LT2
s WE go to prESS, AiTiEriCAn soldiErs, IrAqi fightsrs And IrAqi civiliAns
ArE still dying. At thE SAniE tiniE, AniEriCAns afe bringing mEdiCAl CArE, rEStAiting poWEr
gEnErAtors, And trAining nEW poIiCE forcES to rEStorE ordEr And SAfEtv so lifE CAn go on. THe
quEStion of WAr is a niAttEr of lifE And dEAth— not only whAt we ape willing to diE for, but whAt
WE chooSE to liVE for. WhEn we spokE with VCU Alumni in tliE miiitAry And Alumni peace Activists,
mAny of thEm mEntionEd "lifE-cliAnging
ExpEriEncEs" tliAt illuminAtEd tiiEir pAths.
All of thEm ArE living by thEir choiCES.
"now it's rEAi."
Captain Lorenza Peterson '99BS/E enlisted in the
Anny in 1991 during Desert Storm, hoping to see
action in the Middle East, "but 1 ended up in
Germany instead of Saudi Arabia." He made Sergeant
in three years and came to VCU on a full scholarship
through the Army commissioning program. "I
aammed a five-year degree in health education into
three years," he says proudly. "It proved I could do
We first spoke to Peterson at Fort Hood, Texas
in March, shortly before he was deployed. "You train
for years and years, and now it's real," he said. "The
game is about to be played." After his tour of duty,
we spoke with him again. "I'm glad to be back. That
place was really hot," he said from Texas in August.
Captain Peterson is a medical source corps
officer in the 4th Infantry Division. His medical
supply unit provides medicine, medical equipment
and supplies to 22,000 soldiers. "Sometimes it's
overwhelming. It's not just 22,000 bottles of aspirin.
Supplies come from all over the world, with special
requirements. They are not tires and screwdrivers.
Blood has a 72-hour shelf life, for example. If there's
a gunshot wound to the chest, we have less than
24 hours to request, locate and air deliver the units
of blood needed."
It helps that the 4th Infantry is the Army's only
digitized, mechanized division.
Digitization technology provides "situational
awareness" on the battlefield. Positions are tracked
on monitors in each tank or vehicle. "Everyone in a
vehicle can see on a monitor where everyone is — even
the enemy, as soon as we have that information."
For the modem army, battlefield communication
is by email, to send reports or ask questions. "This is
very useful at a medical casualty collection point, for
example. Reports from the field can tell you what
injuries are coming in, and how many wounded.
Home base, Tikrit Saddam's hometown. "A palace is a complex with many large and small
mansions — the water palace, the tower palace. This is Obai's palace in Tikrit; he had others in
Baghdad and Mosul," says Captain Lorenza Peterson.
'We've got two broken legs, a head injury, three gunshot
wounds.' You can be ready for them."
Peterson's home base was Tikrit, Saddam's hometown in
the North. "The Iraqi attitude toward US soldiers depends on
where you are," he explained. South of Baghdad, as they
drove into Iraq, "You'd see 3- and 4-year-old kids along the
road, waving. Waving for water, waving for food. The men
knew English very well. (The women didn't speak at all.)
They greeted us, 'As-Salaamu Alaykum'— peace be upon you."
The Arabic rolls easily off Peterson's tongue. "We're aware, of
course, that people can be talking with you and a few
minutes later, shooting at you. You don't trust anyone. There
are lots of attacks from rocket grenade launchers."
U.S. medical units "do provide medical care on a
daily basis to Iraqis injured or hurt by Iraqi factions or by us."
He mentions a case of an Iraqi man who was beating his wife.
U.S. soldiers stopped the beating and treated her "fairly
serious injuries." It took two medivac missions to rescue a
seven-year-old Iraqi boy who had stepped on a landmine.
"One Blackhawk helicopter went down. The entire aew was
killed; but the second crew saved the little boy."
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Iraq had a functioning health care system, Peterson says,
and large hospitals have sophisticated equipment like MRI
machines. "But supplies are not flowing as they should. The
whole rhythm of the country is off now because of the war."
The U.S. medical department is supplying hospitals and
clinics, he adds. "Our doctors and their doctors are working
and talking together."
In March, Peterson was untroubled by opposition to U.S.
military action against Iraq. "You watch CNN and you see
what world opinion is about the war," he admitted, "but Fort
Hood is a military town and we have absolute military and
"It's about the team," he emphasized. "That's what I
really want to convey. It's never about the one soldier sitting
on the hill. A lot of things support that guy. Not just his com-
manding officer or his training, his wife, his kids, his father
and mother backing him, but also his peers and fellow
citizens and the letters from the kids in the schools. It's all
those things that make that guy sitting there think this isn't
so bad even if it's 110 degrees in the shade."
In August, after seeing action with them, Peterson was
thoroughly impressed with his fellow servicemen and
women. "Those guys over
there are doing a profes-
sionally great job. I'm per-
sonally proud of all of
In late September,
Lorenza and his wife
Taniaell Purges Peterson
'98BS/E and their two-
year-old daughter Jordan
left for Korea. "Being wdth
my famUy — that is the big
thing, the most important
Captain Eileen Roemer
'OIMS/H&S grew up
fascinated by her father's
tales of 27 years in the
FBI. "I'm one of five
children," she says, "and
1 was always the last one
left at the dinner table,
saying 'and then what
happened?'" Eager to
follow in her father's footsteps, Roemer joined the Navy as a
path to the FBI. She served six years, becoming one of the
first women to go on sea duty and train as a surface warfare
officer, before switching to the Naval Reserves in 1983.
In 1985, Roemer followed her father into the FBI. She
works in the behavioral analysis unit, making assessments of
criminals and developing strategies for interviewing suspects
and investigating child abductions, serial homicides, serial
rapes, tenorism and other violent crimes. In the past year.
Eileen Roemer and Riley, a trained
cadaver dog, spent two weeks
searching for bodies at ttie Pentagon
after the attacl<son September 11,2001.
Roemer's focus has shifted to counter-terrorism.
She spent 45 days in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
providing interview strategies for the teams
Although Roemer's status as a federal agent
makes her ineligible to be paid for her time in the
Reserves, her commitment is unwavering. "I'm very
proud to wear my uniform. I'm proud to be doing
what I'm doing, and I'm proud to be associated with
all the hard-working, dedicated, honest people in the
military. 1 love just being around them."
Roemer compares the impact of the over 220,000
Reserve and National Guard troops who have been
called up with her father's stories about how the
Reserves won World War II. "The support they offer
is immeasurable." Many reservists, she explains, have
been called away from their homes and jobs for one
or two years at a time. "They work side by side with
active duty personnel, so that when the reserves are
called up everyone knows it's going to be a seamless
affiliation." Since the Gulf War, especially, "the
Reserves are a much more integral part of the
services, and it became much more comfortable
Terrorism has affected Roemer personally and
unforgettably. For the past six years, she has served
her two weeks of active duty each year at the Naval
Command Center in Washington. On September 11,
2001, she was on active duty in the Pentagon. She
was relieved at 7:30 a.m. and arrived home just in
time to watch the collapse of the World Trade
Center on television. "Then the Pentagon was
attacked," she says quietly. "The lieutenant com-
mander who relieved me and approximately thirty
others were killed in that space." Roemer spent the
rest of the week providing casualty assistance to her
colleague's family. "Basically, you go to the home of
your lost officer and support his family in whatever
way you can."
The day after this heart-wrenching duty ended,
Roemer got another call. Her trained cadaver dogs
were needed to search for bodies at the Pentagon.
She spent two gmeling weeks combing the wreckage
for human remains. "I was thankful to be alive," she
recalls, but "I was devastated by the loss of so many
good friends who were such good people, as well as
by the tremendous loss of life, in general. I remem-
ber thinking what a waste of wonderful human life
had resulted from 9-11 and that the perpetrators had
the nerve to have done this in the name of God."
After retirement, Roemer hopes to bring these
and other intense life experiences to the table as a
teacher. "A lot of what 1 know is practical, so by
going back to school and getting my master's degree
in criminal justice, I was able to really study the
theories in the academic world and apply them to
what I've learned over the years."
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supporting thE troops
"Social work has really opened up the world to me,"
says Steven Jiggetts '88BS/H&S '90MSW. Seven
days after graduating from VCU with his MSW,
Jiggetts was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in
the U.S. Army, the first officer in a proud military
family. "VCU prepared me to do a host of things as a
military social worker. I've done teaching, adminis-
tration, research and counseling. VCU taught me
about systems theory, which I can apply to help
clients negotiate the vast military system and find
the help they need."
From 1992-95, Jiggetts was part of the Combat
Stress Control Team at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
His mission was to provide mental health support to
soldiers preparing for or recovering from combat
experience. In August 1993, he was sent to Somalia
to support United Nations humanitarian efforts.
Warlords were battling each other and hijacking
convoys of food, water and supplies meant for the
starving population. "Our primary goal was to
prevent a mass human disaster there." When special
operations forces were ambushed and received
casualties, the humanitarian mission became a
combat mission. Still, Jiggetts emphasizes the vital
importance of renewing humanitarian efforts after
Local friendly leaders in Mogadishu helped the
US troops find villages and neighborhoods that
needed medical care. "Our medical and dental teams
set up makeshift clinics under austere conditions"
to immunize children, to do routine and preventive
health care, to begin repairing infrastructure for
clean water and electricity. "My community social
work skills were best used on these operations to
help identify vital community services — mainly
food, water and shelter.
"When we made the effort to go out into these
wartom communities, there was a message to
Somalians — particularly the warlords — that the U.S.
was there to do good, not harm." While admitting
that gradual withdrawal of U.S. troops also had its
effect, Jiggetts is convinced that "humanitarian effort
stopped the violence against U.S. troops. When we
see others as people who need help, 'doing good' to
your enemy can change the hearts and minds of
those who want to harm you."
He adds, "I know from media reports that efforts
to rebuild infrastructure are going on in Iraq right
now. The fighting gets the press; but aiding the
people of Iraq is a large part of our Iraqi Freedom
Jiggetts is now a civilian, directing the Fleet and
Family Support Center at the Naval Surface Warfare
Center in Dahlgren, Virginia. His agency prepares
personnel for deployment to combat — and prepares
"At the end of the day, it's not about politics," says Steven Jiggetts, a military social worker.
"It's all about helping people."
their families to support them. Social workers let families
know what to expect before deployment. They help the
spouse left behind to build necessary skills like financial
management; they support families during the separation;
and they counsel reunited families adjusting after long
"You change when you've gone through an experience
that the average person will never see," says Jiggetts. "You
bring your experiences back home with you, and your
spouse can't really relate because she — or he — hasn't been
there." Meanwhile, the spouse at home "has become quite
independent and taken on a new role." The family must
make a new place for their returning vet, and the transition
can be difficult.
Each branch of the services has similar Family Support
Centers. Besides helping families cope with deployment, the
Navy's 54 Centers worldwide help in the aftermath of natural
disasters and terrorist attacks. They work with agencies like
the American Red Cross and FEMA to find information on
the status of loved ones, and help coordinate emotional,
financial and practical support services. 'Tor example, we are
still following families hurt by the 9-11 Pentagon bombing,
with grief counseling, relocation and rehabilitation finances,
He adds, "People don't realize how much good work
military social workers do. At the end of the day, it's not
about politics. It's all about helping people."
Boris Becker '90BS 'OOMBA/B enlisted in the Virginia Army
National Guard during his freshman year at VCU. Joining
the military helped him pay for college, and it was an ideal
student job. "I could ride my bicycle to drill in Sandston, earn
money and enjoy a career in aviation," he recalls. "It was also
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good work experience and a chance to serve my country as
others in my family did."
Though he has a civilian career in information technolo-
gy, Becker has spent a lot of time working for the Guard. He
is trained as a Maintenance Test Pilot for Blackhawk heli-
copters. His unit was activated in 1991 for Desert Storm,
serving six weeks at Fort Rucker, Alabama. In 1999, the unit
went to Bolivia to assist Air Force humanitarian missions; two
years later they were deployed to Bosnia. In August 2002,
Becker volunteered to go to Afghanistan with a medical evac-
uation unit, and stayed until February 2003.
"Flying in a combat environ-
ment and experiencing others die
matures a person," he observes.
One night his crew responded to a
helicopter crash in which four
soldiers perished. "It was a
sobering sight to see a Blackhawk
twisted into the terrain." Another
time, "my crew was launched to
evacuate a soldier shot by a sniper.
With three Apache helicopters pro-
viding close air support, we got
him out of a difficult situation."
brought food, running water and
medical care to people struggling
in famine and poverty. Or the
troops came with the U.N. to
establish fundamental human
rights. Seeing people without "all
the basics we take for granted in
the States" was a revelation. "These
experiences are life-changing."
Returning to the States from
Afghanistan, Becker was glad to see
"the spirit of America displayed on
many bumper stickers and flags
hanging in front of houses." As the
U.S. entered Iraq in March, Becker described himself as "an
ordinary average guy working hard to keep Blackhawk heli-
copters flying to support whatever missions they are asked to
do... tiansport patients, doctors, equipment, soldiers, etc."
Like other military alumni, he sees himself as "a small part of
that big picture, and that's the most 1 make of it."
Becker is not bothered by encounters with anti-war pro-
testors, and encourages others to "make an effort to see
things from another's perspective, regardless if you agree or
disagree." In the U.S., he points out, both supporters and pro-
testors have the right to public expression. "Unlike many
countries, America is a place where individuals and groups
can voice their opinions without a real fear of being
executed." And most people, he concludes, "take a littie extra
time these days to thank soldiers, fire fighters and police
officers for the daily work they do to uphold basic freedoms."
Boris Becker supplies grapes to a
camp follower on base in
Afghanistan. "Sometimes we'd give
Mojo Fruit Loops. Sfie would eat all
ttie yellow ones first and patiently
wait for anotfier box. I guess she
thought of them as bananas, but she
would eat the other colors when she
gothungry." A soldier had bought the
monkey from an Afghan child, for
"$10 and an ink pen."
Paul Daddona '94BFA/A came to VCU with activist
tendencies and applied all of them to adding sexual
orientation to the University's non-discrimination
policy. "President Trani probably still has a file three
inches thick on me," he confesses. "Those were my
real activist days back at VCU."
Now Daddona, a freelance
designer of graphics, furniture
and interiors in California, is an
email activist from home, widely
distributing his thoughts and
observations on current events. J \
"It's more prayer-based and ' pg^, ^^^^^^^ ^^^^^.[
pacifism-based than activism- "want to restart
based," he says. "Still, it makes t^e Crusades."
my point, and people generally
read what I send them." He writes about his feelings
in response to the war, his viewpoint as both a
Christian and an American "not wanting to restart
As the occupation continued in July, Daddona
feared that Iraq would become "as devastating as
Vietnam. More people have died since the declara-
tion of the end of hostilities than during our preci-
sion bombing of Iraq. No one will say exactly how
long we will be entienched." he says.
He comments that "President Bush is relying on
our short attention span as he keeps changing direc-
tion." Daddona wonders what happened to our
main objective. "Is it the war on terrorism, or Bin
Laden, or Afghanistan — or what? Now we have
tioops waiting outside Liberia. How thin wUl we
At home, "The terrorist buzz has heightened
until we are numb to Homeland Security warnings,
and I doubt that we are more prepared now than
He feels that Americans seem to have lost sight of
what's tmly important. "Everyone needs to return to
basic human values of trust, honor and respect," he
says. "The best place to make a change is always with
yourself and then have others follow your example."
pOEtS for PEACE
Liz Canfield '97BA 'OIMFA/H&S teaches literatiire
and writing at VCU and has been involved in social
justice activism since her undergraduate days. She
sees a direct link between her two passions. "If you
look at the history of literature, written and oral,
poets ttaditionaUy comment on issues of their tune.
Movements for social justice from civil rights to
labor to lesbian feminism have been linked to artistic
expression. A more human society values lively
In late January 2003, the poet Sam HamUI
declined an invitation from Laura Bush to be part of
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a celebration of "Poetry and the American Voice."
Instead, he invited fellow poets to send their work
for a petition against the impending war in Iraq.
When more than 1,500 poems arrived in four days,
the poets set up a website to handle the enormous,
unexpected response. Email flew around the world,
local chapters sprang up, and soon Canfield and her
friends Alyssa Murray '97BA/H&S and Alicia Waller
were creating Richmond Poets Against the War
around a coffee shop table.
Five days later, there was standing room only at
their first open reading. "What Poets Against the
War has done is to take poetry out of the academy
and coffeehouses and into the community," says
Canfield. "In Richmond, we're a real cross-section of
American culture — all ages, varying economic and
educational levels, of European, Asian and African
heritage. This is more than protest. These readings reflected
our ideal worid. It's aesthetic expression as a community."
Canfield finds much of the criticism of the protests
incomprehensible. "We couldn't just sit in our houses and
watch CNN and feel that was enough. That's why a lot of us
were in the streets. That's how grassroots demoaacy works;
people speak up."
And, she says, "as soon as we started bombing Baghdad,
opinion became really polarized. Suddenly if you were anti-
war, you were anti-troops." Canfield argues that these
protests are strongly pro-tioops, and that "anti-war move-
ments are strongly linked to other struggles for social justice.
When you look at who is on the front lines taking the
bullets — the poor and minorities — and then look at who sent
them, you see a microcosm of American oppressive struc-
tures." She sees similar patterns in the people who work
minimum-wage jobs and in the downsizing and outsourcing
bEyond SEptEinbEr 11
Anger and despair were some of the first
reactions to the attacl<s on the World Trade
Towers on September 1 1 , 2001 .Here are two
VCU people who looked beyond that to
learning, recovery and renewal.
The Fazios. Ronald Jr., Janet, Rob, Ronald Sr.
Hold the Door for Others
Rob Fazio's father was among the thousands
killed in the Towers that day. When you lose
someone close to you, he says, "All of a
sudden the number one is more powerful
than any number you have ever written or
Rob's father, Ronald Carl Fazio Sr., was
one of the heroes of 9-11, calming
co-workers on the 99th floor of Tower 2,
holding the stairwell door until the last person
left, cheering them on while they walked and
walked down the stairs. Leaving the tower
just as the second plane hit, he was appar-
ently killed by falling debris.
Fazio, his family and his father's friends
wanted to do something to commemorate his
heroic, loving and funny father. Remembering
Ronald Fazio Sr., they realized that he had
been metaphorically holding the door for
others — ^for his children, his wife, his family,
for friends and co-workers and strangers —
all his life. Fazio is a PhD candidate in coun-
seling psychology at VCU, and his focus
quickly shifted to meeting the emotional
needs of grieving families.
He and his family and friends started a
nonprofit foundation. Hold the Door for
Others, to help victims of 9-1 1 and other
families dealing with grievous loss. "Most
important," he says, "to help them get what
they need from a social and emotional per-
spective." The Foundation's team of profes-
sionals in counseling, clinical, social, sports
and business psychology is helping people
rebuild their lives. They've given away 2600
free copies of the workbook. Living with Loss:
the Journey through September 11th, and
they've launched an interactive CD-ROM,
Gaining from Loss: the Journey Continues.
Foundation outreach and resources help
people to share their sadness and contribute
their own professional skills to help each
other. "We have created a structured
network of people who identify their areas
of expertise, development and dreams.
Focusing outward on others can give people
a sense of relief from their own grief," Fazio
explains, speaking from the heart of his
On July 26, 2003, they presented the first
Hold the Door Day, at Pace University, just
north of New York City. Organizers distributed
pamphlets and CD-ROMs and presented
lectures on how to remain positive during
intense grief, including simply sharing stories
of loss with others who are grieving. "We are
determined to teach the necessary life skills
not only to survive, but to thrive after loss."
In May, 2003, Fazio received the Student
Award for Distinguished Service from the
College of Humanities and Sciences for his
outstanding service at VCU and to the
broader community. On August 10 in Toronto,
he was the first student ever to receive a
presidential citation from the American
Psychological Association, on behalf of the
foundation team for their work. See more at
Out of the Ashes
Julie Harvey '85BFA was a successful artist
with a studio just a few blocks from the World
Trade Center site. When the attacks filled her
workspace with debris and she sawthe devas-
tation around her, the first reaction was fury.
Harvey had been making waves in the
New York art scene by painting scandalous
nudes of notorious art dealers. A week after
the attacks, she began painting a scathing
nude of Bin Laden. The powerful image has
been emailed around the world and used by art
critics addressing creative responses to terror-
The attacks had also damaged Harvey's
75-foot "Liberty Mural" on a building nearby.
As the months passed, Harvey began sketching
a replacement forthe mural. "It was very
quiet" she recalls. "Nobody was allowed
down here unless you lived here or had an ID.
'In the Garden,' has a very somber yet hopeful
mood, to try to inspire the entire world to
bounce back and come out"
In the Garden
FALL 11 2003
of the labor force. "Those who have power oppress those who
don't, and this oppression is most violently played out
Canfield observes, "Activists only get press when there's
conflict, but we're working 24/7/365." Canfield and other
Richmond activists continue their siege of Richmond City
Council to expand a living wage to city contract workers.
She's active in the Richmond chapter of Food Not Bombs,
whose signature action — both symbolic and real — ^is a meal
for the community at 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon in
Jen Lawhome 'OIBSAIC studied journalism at VCU and
worked for a summer at the Lynchburg News and Advance.
But her growing activism led her away from a career in
mainstream media, which she sees as "corporate-controlled
and profit-driven. Too often it's just a mouthpiece for
government propaganda." Now she supports herself as a
substitute teacher while volunteering as a writer and editor
for www.richmond.indymedia.org, a local branch of the
international Independent Media Center.
Although "I didn't get active until the end of my college
career," Lawhome comments, "a lot of my classes helped me
learn to think for myself." Her journalism professor, WUma
Wirt, is still a model. "I think
she's a phenomenal woman. I
constantly apply the ethics, prin-
ciples and style of journalism she
taught me at VCU."
Lawhome has been arrested
twice at protests, but she would
risk it again. "I believe in reason.
In this time of — to me — insanity,
people of conscience need to
stand up and prevent our lives
from being taken over." She
believes that U.S. aggression in
Iraq was patently unjust. "If we
are for human rights and democ-
racy in our own land," she states,
"we should allow freedom for
other people and not destmction
of foreign lands with our
She also feels that "our
entering Iraq endangers Palestine
even more." She worries that the war "distracts our attention
so Israel can escalate its efforts to push Palestinians out."
In August 2002, Lawhome and a small delegation from
Richmond Food Not Bombs traveled to Israel. They intended
to enter Palestine as part of the Intemational Solidarity
Movement. They hoped to escort ambulances and civilians,
dismantle roadblocks, and bear witness with their pens and
cameras. Instead they were detained in the Tel Aviv airport
for 12 hours and sent back to the U.S.
"I believe in reason," says journalist
Jen Lawhorne. "People of conscience
need to stand up and prevent our lives
from being taken over."
Alicia Waller, Liz Canfield and Alyssa Murray organized Richmond Poets
Against the War in February. "Poets traditionally comment on issues of their
time," says Canfield.
It sounds like a resounding anti-climax; but for
Lawhome, "it was life changing. My detention in
Israel was the first time I experienced state repres-
sion, so naturally I was outraged by our treatment.
We were never told why we were being detained,
never informed of our rights. We were told that
because we came to help Palestinian people, we were
not allowed in the country. We were held in a deten-
tion cell like criminals but at least they fed us,
although I instantly went on hunger strike. I vowed
to commit my life to stmggle, to a life of activism
and speaking out."
In September, Lawhome left for Argentina to
do solidarity work for five months. "There's a lot
going on there since their economy collapsed,"
she said. "The rise of democracy in Argentina and
Latin American in general pushes me forward. I
think I have a lot to learn down there and bring
Jesse Rabinowitz '84MS '85PhD/H&S was raised in
a liberal Jewish family with a strong teaching about
injustice. "If memory serves," he says, "I attended
peace marches against Vietnam, but I was very
young." Rabinowitz became a clinical psychologist,
first in private practice and later at a local non-
profit family services agency. In the mid-1990s,
he was spurred to activism by damage done in the
field of mental health by what he perceived as
corporate profit interests in managed care and huge
Inspired by the work of Michael Lemer and
Peter Gabel in Tikkiin magazine, Rabinowitz and
a few like-minded people formed the Richmond
Community for Ethics & Meaning. This local branch
of the "politics of meaning" movement organized
self-study, group discussions, and public education
to promote a new bottom-line in American culture.
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"a bottom-line not of profit and power but of
humanitarian, spiritual, and environmental
concerns." Although the Richmond group is no
longer active, Rabinowitz serves on the board of the
National Foundation for Ethics & Meaning and con-
tinues to be active in related causes, including
protesting the War in Iraq through demonstrations
"We've replaced outright colonialism and imperi-
alism with a kind of corporate colonialism," says
Rabinowitz. "It really offends me when the American
public is led to believe that we hold the monopoly
on what is good and right in the world, and then we
do things that are not good and right." He deeply
mistrusted U.S. motives for the war in Iraq. "A lot of
us were suspicious that weapons of mass destruction
and Saddam's oppression of his people were not the
real reasons for this war."
Events since the end of the war have done
nothing to reassure him. "We have this growing
conttoversy over the exaggerations about weapons
of mass destruction, while no-bid, long-term
contracts are handed to Halliburton, Cheney's
former com-pany. Rabinowitz is also disttessed
about the administtation's "belligerent, arrogant
unwillingness to work with the United Nations,"
and the precedent we have set as a world leader by
As an active member of the Jewish community,
Rabinowitz worries that what is happening in Iraq
will further undermine any possibility of peace
between Israelis and Palestinians. "What's going on
in Iraq is simply going to inflame fundamentalist
Islam and give them more reasons to see the U.S. as
an imperialist nation," he says. "It's easy for the rest
of the world to view us as pursuing our own narrow
interests, with Israel as our Middle East base.
Whether or not
that is true, it's
painful to me."
Janett Forte '87BS/H&S '92MSW has been working for 17
years for victims of violence against women. For six years, she
has coordinated the Chesterfield County Domestic Violence
Resource Center. Her concerns about the war and occupation
in Iraq are rooted in her daily work. "My
understanding of violence and oppression
has evolved, linking it to racism and
sexism. The next step is to connect those
issues on a larger scale," she explains.
As the war in Iraq loomed. Forte felt
increasingly sad and frustiated. She joined
a small group of neighbors in Hanover
County near Richmond to form an anti-
war group to mobilize the local commu-
nity. "Doing something and joining with
other folks made it more possible to cope
with something that feels so wrong,"
says Forte. Hanover Citizens for Peace
organized weekly peace vigils and hosted
educational forums. "Our goal is not to
persuade people to think like us," Forte
insists, "just to tiiink."
Forte also sees great value in simply standing up for her
beliefs. "There's something very different about privately
having an opinion or a value, versus standing out there on
the stteet where people are giving you the finger — and still
remaining firm and public in your beliefs." She is ttoubled
that many see her stand as unpatriotic. "I saw an interview
with a dissenter who called the antiwar protests 'mindful
patriotism' — instead of what I think of as 'blind patriotism,'
which I think has happened with the propaganda and media
response. People were reacting without thinking, making
"I want to be clear that being against the war absolutely
does not mean that I don't support the ttoops," Forte
concludes. "My heart goes out to those who are out there
in danger and fighting for us. So many of them are so young.
It weighs heavily on my heart when I hear the stories and
the losses and what the families are going through."
JanettForte joined with
neighbors to form Hanover
Citizens for Peace to provide
information and encourage
fellow citizens to think about
the war in Iraq.
Psychologist Jesse Rabinowitz feels
the war in Iraq will only "inflame
fundamentalist Islam and give them
more reasons to see the U.S. as an
n A dEmocrACY, thE citiZEiis chooSE thE dirECtion And thE vaIues of
thEir country. And dEmocrACiES, IiRe uniVErsitlES, ape dESignsd to
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Joriel Foltz is a Richmond freelance writer who
writes frequently for VCU ahinini magazines.
FALL 13 2003
Solving puzzles, the
thrill of the deal, all the
ice cream you can eat,
polishing a gem of a family business — specific motivations vary.
But every one of the CEOs in our story is exhilarated and absorbed
by the daily and big-picture challenges of managing a business
and leading customers to excellent solutions.
BUiLDINC THE SOUTH
Julian Banton '65BS/B
Cliair of the Board and CEO ofSouthTmst Bank,
President and COO ofSouthTnist Corporatiott
Julian Banton leads SouthTmst Bank in
Binningham, the 1 7th largest commercial bank in
the U.S., operating in nine states. SouthTrust is a
Forbes Platinum 400 company, with $50 billion in
assets. Although its focus is commercial banking, the
corporation also provides a wide range of financial
services to 1.5 million customers.
The presidents of the bank's six divisions report to
Banton. "Each is responsible for a particular segment of
the business. For example, the corporate division holds
the majority of the bank's assets and manages all finan-
cial services offered to business with sales of more than
$15 million and all services to the real estate industry,"
he explains. "The general bank division, where most of
our employees are, supervises our system of more than
700 branches and 800 ATMs. Our board of directors
provides the oversight. They give me advice, counsel and
Of course, Banton didn't start at the top. After high
school and the Army, "I thought I wanted to be an
engineer and build things like bridges," he smiles. He
enrolled in a coop engineering program between RPI
(now VCU) and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Faced
with the coursework in his chosen field, "I was disap-
pointed," he says. "1 didn't feel like 1 had that much
An advisor recommended
business school — "a good fit,"
Banton says. "I finished at RPI in
less than four years." Dr. Pierce
Lumpkin, head of RPI's Economics
Department and consultant to Bank
of Virginia and the Federal Reserve,
sparked Banton's interest in
banking. "He fascinated me,"
Banton recalls. "I never thought
that I made a mistake in choosing
Banton is prepared to direct any
aspect of the bank's operations. In 17 years at Bank of
Virginia, "1 learned much of what I know." He moved to
Birmingham Tmst National Bank (now SouthTrust) in
1982. "I worked my way up through banking," he says,
from commercial lending right into the CEO's office. As
a leader, he works to create an environment where
employees strive for excellence, measured against
achievement and goals. "We analyze why a project or a
service is more or less successful than we planned."
Successes are many. A leader in commercial real estate
lending in the Southeast, SouthTrust has one of the most
advanced online web-based cash management systems in
the country, making it highly competitive in handling
large corporate business. The company's sustained
growth has made it the largest bank in Alabama. "So we
have been very involved in development in Alabama and
the entire region, in partnership with other lenders.
These enormous projects are too big for a single bank to
finance," Banton explains. In 2001 and again in 2002,
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SouthTrust lent $2-2.5 billion for projects, mostly in the
Southeast. Two cunent projects are The Summit, a major
upscale shopping mall in Birmingham; and the Atlantic
Station project in Atlanta.
The recently opened Summit is an "open mall," with
shops outdoors rather than enclosed, a growing trend,
especially in warm Southern cities. SouthTrust is the lead
lender to the $90 million project.
Atlantic Station, being built in the heart of
downtown Atlanta, will reclaim the site of a 100-year-old
Atlantic Steel Company foundry which closed only in
1997. "This developer was able to resolve the environ-
mental issues," Banton says. "SouthTrust has lent $80
million to develop the infrastructure. We are the lead
bank, and along with AIG (American International
Group) are helping bring other lenders into it." Over a
ten-year, $2 billion buUdout, the mixed use development
will include offices, retail, residential and hotels.
It seems the would-be engineer is a builder after all.
FROM ICE CREAM
Fenton Hord 74 MS/B
President and CEO of Stock Building Supply
Talk about executive perks. As president of Eskimo Re
Corp., Fenton Hord ate ice cream every day. Although he
left the corporation in 1987 to become president and
CEO of Carolina Builders (now Stock Building Supply),
there's still a place for ice aeam in his day. "It's a /
habit I haven't given up," he chuckles. /
Hord graduated from VCU with a straight- (
forward goal — "to make enough money to
live on." Today his goal is his company's—
"to be and continue to be the best at
supplying the professional contractor
with building materials and services."
SBS's parent company,
Wolseley pic, is British. "Eight
of our nine board meetings a
year are in England,"
Hord says. "I also travel
a great deal visiting
looking at new
businesses to acquire." When Hord came onboard,
the company had seven locations, all in North Carolina,
and $100 million in sales. For 16 years, Hord has aggres-
sively sought out the best suppliers of materials and
SBS can provide services from design to installation,
and tools from eight different lines. Components include
basics like dimensional lumber,
sheetrock, wainscoting, laminated
beams, roof and floor trusses; and
vinyl, wood and cement fiber siding.
There are myriad decks and fences,
doors and windows; and a dizzying
and splendid assortment of custom-
milled stairs, spiral or straight, wood
and wrought iron. And much of it
can be installed by SBS companies.
Today, with 225 locations in 25
states and revenues of $3 billion.
Stock is the largest supplier of materi-
als and services to professional home builders and
contractors in the United States.
After providing the best service to customers, "I'm
oriented toward making sure shareholders are getting a
good return for their investment. I try to steer and lead
this organization around the many potholes that are
out there for business today. "
Stiategic planning and flexible tactics are the key.
"You have to build the right organization by putting
the right people in place and looking out into the
business world and anticipating what's on the
horizon that will influence our business."
A recent fundamental change in the
housing market is the consolidation of
builders. Large production builders are
gobbling up smaller businesses and
market share. "That consolidates
the customer mix," Hord explains.
"We don't have as many
customers, but we have
like Centex and
D. R. Horton."
"Construction is a cyclical business," Hord
comments. "It moves and changes with the economy.
It's a challenge to be a step ahead of competitors." Where
is the cycle now? Harvard's Joint Center for Housing
Studies forecasts a strong housing market for the next 10
years, he says. "The housing market has held up well
despite a tough economic environment. That's due to
low-interest mortgage rates," Hord explains. "Most of the
houses being purchased are for first-time buyers, or they
are step-up homes. The high-end home market is still
VCU prepared him to keep growing the business,
whether it's ice cream or siding and countertops. "The
courses were well done. Even back in the '70s, the
graduate program was a hidden jewel in Richmond.
Leonard Berry, head of the marketing department, was
one of those people I put to task helping me get a per-
spective of what business and life are all about."
A member of the MCV Foundation Board, Hord says,
"I'm very involved in the support of brain cancer and
brain tumor research. It's a great Board. They have done
a great job of building the Foundation's resources."
CO-FOR GOES FAR
Glenn Davis '86BS/B
President and CEO, BranCore Techtiologies
"There's a thin line between making it and not making
it out here," says Glenn Davis, who started BranCore
Technologies three years ago. With a client list that
includes First Health Services Corp, Owens & Minor Inc.
and the Commonwealth of Virginia, Davis and BranCore
are making it. It's an added incentive for excellence and
ethics that he named the company for his children,
Brandon and Courtney.
Recently Davis was a finalist to receive the IBM
Leadership Award for Richmond. "It says a lot to be in
that mix — 160 nominations — about the hard work
we have done," Davis comments. He was also VCU's first
Information Systems Department Alumnus of the Year,
Davis didn't set out to become a player in informa-
tion technology. He started at VCU as a piano major but
switched to information systems — quite a segue. He
became a coop student, working and going college.
"I had a go-for job," he says. "Instead of looking at
it as a negative, I saw it as an opportunity to learn the
jargon. It helped me when I went on my first interview."
A month after graduation, Davis began as a programmer
at Richfood (now part of Super Value, Inc.), moving next
to Broughton Systems Inc. (now Venturi Technology
Partners) as a consultant.
"I was negotiating and coordinating projects as an
account manager for clients like Trigon and the Federal
Reserve." Leveraging his experience and contacts, Davis
opened BranCore in March 2000. "It's all about network-
ing and integrity," Davis explains, talking about the basis
for his company.
Davis is still finding new customers. "Eighty percent
of my business is in the business development area; 20
percent is finding individuals who can perform the work.
I enjoy helping folks find opportunities and jobs." In
August, BranCore received minority business certification
with the state of Maryland and placed 13 employees
with the state.
One of Davis's recruiters is a recent VCU graduate,
Sonia Marfatia '02BS/B. "I brought her on board to
understand the IT environment," he explains. "After
three months I promoted her to recruiter. She is getting
a wealth of knowledge."
A member of the School of Business Alumni Board,
Davis says he learned a lot about interpersonal skills at
VCU. "Dr. Quincy Moore, director of academic support,
recognized my talents and made me the head of his
program. I learned how
to talk to people and
understand their needs.
VCU also gave me the
Even though his
pathway strayed from
music, Davis never left
his first love. He is the
music director for St.
Paul's Baptist Church.
"When my work in the
IT field gets too hectic,"
he says, "I take time out
and play the piano."
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Jane Watkins 75BS/B
President, Virginia Credit Union
Jane Watkins loves putting puzzles together-literally and
figuratively. At home, "It's hard to walk by the big Vir-
ginia puzzle and not want to put a few more pieces in."
From her time at VCU, accounting and finance have
been equally compelling. "It is a science, a way to figure
out the answer," she explains. Jackie Williams 79MS/B,
who taught Accounting 101, encouraged Watkins to
enter the field, and she is grateful. "I really enjoy
accounting," she says, "And when I was in school,
computer science was just another puzzle."
"I also enjoyed economics and statistics," she contin-
ues. "Stafisfics was one of my favorites because it taught
me how to reach quantifiable estimates when there was
no exact answer. I liked accounting because the theory
gives you a basis you can apply to most situations. When
you understand the theory, you can apply it to
Watkins has been president of Virginia Credit Union
(VACU) since 2000. She first became aware of the Credit
Union when she was working in pubUc accounting and
VACU was a client. "I was really intrigued with the
enthusiasm that manager Dot Hall and the whole staff
had in doing their work," she recalls. "I noticed the
tremendous difference in their approach-they seemed
enamored. These people really wanted to do something
good for other people."
When she heard that VACU was looking for an
accounting manager, she applied right away and was
offered the job on her first interview. Now Watkins
oversees all aspects of the Credit Union, and promotes
the Credit Union's mission: to improve the financial
health of its members.
"We want to empower people to control their own
financial lives," she explains. "We feel that if you provide
the tools and the understanding of how financial services
work, people can make their own decisions." The Credit
Union presents seminars for first-time homebuyers and
offers personal financial management. VACU also
teaches "financial Literacy" in elementary and high
schools as well as for new college students.
"When students first get out there on their own, they
might blow half their monthly funds on CDs the first
night. We show them how to plan for expenses and
budget. We push the idea of saving for what you want
and not just using credit cards for everything." A credit
card with a low limit, around $500, she says, is a good
way for young people to get used to keeping track of
their charges and paying them off each month. (The
VCU Alumni Association offers students a low-interest,
low-limit credit card.)
Individual finance, Watkins comments, is moving
more and more toward automation, partly because it is
more efficient, and legal time limits for processing finan-
cial transactions are getting shorter. In June both houses
of Congress passed bills to allow check truncation. This
would allow financial institu-
tions the option of processing
checks electronically between
institutions instead of moving
the actual paper checks
through the clearing process.
(Since credit unions began
offering checking accounts in
1977, they have always trun-
cated checks, keeping them
rather than returning them in
Some stores already process
the check right there at the
register — turning it into an
electronic debit. "This provides
immediate funds for the merchant, and the funds come
immediately from the customer's account." The ubiqui-
tous debit card is another mode of electronic payment
that deducts funds immediately from a consumer's
account. Watkins recommends that consumers using a
debit card check receipts for accuracy and keep them,
record amounts, and keep a running balance in their
As the payment system moves toward no checks,
there's one familiar cash management technique we
can't bank on anymore. Many of us lament the loss of
the "float," that space to write a check on Friday against a
paycheck deposit on Monday. Although this may have
been useful, it was always illegal. Writing a check when
you know the funds are not in your account is fraud, and
very soon it will be impossible.
Another pressure to automate the financial system is
security. "After 9-11," Watkins explains, "electronic pro-
cessing seemed less vulnerable to disruprion by terrorists
than paper checks moving from one Federal Reserve
Bank to another. In recent years there has also been a big
increase in fraud — identity theft and counterfeit checks."
The Credit Union offers members many resources to
help them manage their finances in a changing world. As
Watkins outlines the "unpaper" frail, it's easy to imagine
how every day, Watkins and VACU are making personal
finances much less puzzling for more than 150,000
members across Virginia.
'We want to empower people to control their own financial lives. We feel that
if you provide the tools and the understanding of how services work, people
can make their own decisions."
FALL 17 2003
A CEHS BEST FRIEND
Torrence Hoover '88BS/B
President, Hoover and Strong
There was never any doubt in
Torrance Hoover's mind about his
career. He was bom to it. His family
has been in business for four gener-
ations— 90 years of manufacturing
for the jewelry industry.
started the business in 1912, col-
lecting plattnum filaments from
used industrial light bulbs and refining the platinum.
From there, he began refining gold and other precious
metals. The family started making mill products— gold
and silver sheets and wires for jewelers. Eventually, the
company ventured into findings, standardized jewelry
parts. "We make thousands of settings— marquise,
round, pear, princess, etc.— in all the shapes and sizes
from one-eighth carat to four carats," Hoover says. "We
sell to jewelers throughout the United States."
Hoover started a double apprenticeship, working full
time in the family factory and inching toward a VCU
degree in business administration. It took Hoover 10
years to finish his degree. "To run a business, you need a
little human resources, a little advertising — a little of
everything. That's how I benefited from going to VCU."
Each semester, Hoover would tell the plant manager
about his great ideas from class. "It got to the point that
he would say, 'What course are you taking this semester
so I can anticipate what you will come up with next.' It
got to be a joke to him."
But "what I learned in class this week" was no joke.
In one class, Hoover's group had to write a paper on
starting a company. He talked the group into buying
a findings company to expand their business. "We
evaluated the companies in the jewelry industry,"
Hoover recalls. "We chose Baker Fendt Findings, but at
that point none of the companies were for sale. About
five years later, Hoover and Strong actually bought the
company my group had picked for the paper. A lot of
my education was a big influence on how I manage the
Two years ago. Hoover became president of Hoover
and Strong. He remembers taking a couple of jewelry
classes at VCU. "Everyone was asking 'Who is this guy in
a tie and jacket?' I did my first project in gold, a pendant,
and again they were asking 'Who is this guy?'" (Those
who weren't murmuring, "Hmm, cool pendant.")
"Finally, I had to let on who I worked for, and then I
became fast friends with everybody. I still have a great
relationship with Jim Meyer in the Crafts Department."
A VCU BUSINESS
Max Narro '85BA/H&S '96MBA
Business Unit President for Fiserv, Inc.
Max Narro is business unit president for Fiserv, Inc. in
Orlando. In 2002, the company provided $2.3 billion in
information management systems and services to 14,000
clients worldwide, including banks, credit unions,
broker-dealers, investment advisers, insurance companies
and agents, and retailers like Dell Computers.
Narro is convinced that his VCU philosophy degree
has made him a successful businessman. "Business is all
about human interaction, understanding behavior and
knowing how to communicate," he says. "It's all about
problem solving by gathering data, analyzing the data,
and communicating the solution. I'm a logical thinker,
and I enjoy interacting with others.
"The logic and
that I took as an
skills through my
tion. At Fiserv, we
solutions to the financial industiy. There's always an
opportunity to improve processes and make a client's
current technology more efficient, which increases value
for their employees, clients and shareholders."
Adding an MBA to a philosophy BA made a good
combination. "As an undergraduate, I learned to think
out of the box more than I had in the past. In the
MBA program, I could refresh and refine my tools and
overhaul my management skills. VCU was a great
''Business is all about human interaction, understanding behavior and
knowing how to communicate. It's all about problem solving by gathering
data, analyzing data, and communicating the solution."
— MAX NARRO
S H A
FER COURT 18 CONNECTIONS
Narro was chief credit officer and assistant treasurer at
Southern States before Fiserv recruited him five years ago
to be vice president of operations. "I went on to become
vice president of sales and marketing and then business
Nano's unit at Fiserv specializes in providing credit
management solutions upon which companies can build
private-label, revolving, bankcard and installment credit
"Many of the institutions we work with are credit
card companies that provide financial services to the
consumer," Nano says. "We provide the necessary tech-
nology for those services."
Now, Nano gets his out-of-box time cycling, often
with his wife, Leah Narro. "I do a lot of off-road
mountain biking and road cycling. "I really enjoy it and
it is a great stress reliever." And it helps keep the creative
wheels turning out solutions for his customers.
Larry Fentris 79MBA
President, Anderson & Strudwick Investment Corp.
"My job is like a roller coaster. My work is full of maneu-
vering, structuring and negotiations. I deal with excep-
tionally bright people who are heads of companies.
Many are self-made millionaires."
In urgent sentences, Larry Fentriss talks about his job
from his cell phone. For 25 years, he has been putting
deals together. "I'm rarely in the office. I'm always on the
go." His expertise in banking mergers and acquisitions
was honed at Crestar Bank where Fentriss's program
rated fifth nationally in financial services transactions,
and at Baxter Fentriss & Co., a leading national banking
dealmaker, before he became president of Anderson &
Strudwick Investment Corp. in January, 2003.
It figures that what he remembers from his VCU days
is great networking. "The connections and the people
you ran into were amazing. One of my professors was the
head of Wheat First Securities in Richmond."
Fentriss began his career wdth United Virginia Bank
(Crestar) in 1977, in operations. A year later, he moved
into corporate planning for the bank — which meant,
among other things, mergers and acquisitions. "I went
out and learned the business and moved up through the
ranks." He helped form Crestar's investment banking
arm in 1985.
At Anderson & Strudwick, Fentriss explains, "We're a
full-service investment banking organization. I focus on
bringing investment banking products to companies in
the financial services sector." He wants banks to see A&S
as a one-stop shop for investment banking needs.
In January, he told interviewers at financial informa-
tion firm SNL Financial, "My goal is to be in the top five
tr&L ' './
V 'taff \hk5^^ ^M^^R
or ten in the
country in [numbers
of bank] deals, and I
want to do it in two
years or less," To do
that, he's reunited
his team from
Baxter Fentriss —
including A&S vice
president and VCU
Cushman will finish
his MBA at VCU in
players on board,
"We've been able to
hit the ground
running," he says.
is with community banks. A&S has often raised capital
for client banks, in trust-preferred securiries and common
stock. Fentriss is pushing for even more of these deals,
which, he told SNL Financial, "produce great returns for
the retail base of the firm."
To find all those new deals, Fentriss will be relying on
his own network of contacts in the mid-Atlantic,
Southeast and parts of the West Coast, as well as
"ramping up" A&S's research division to track banking
more intensely, especially community banks.
He's looking for more negotiations like a memorable
deal he made for the Bank of Tidewater. "The clients
were wonderful people, easy to work with. All the pieces
fell together and we got an extraordinary price for the
Fentriss is a man who will keep that adrenaline
flowing. "The worst moment is when the deal is done
and the ride is over. You have to go out and get another
deal. The thrill of putting the deal together is the driver
For all the CEOs in our story, whether their field is
banking, building, IT or manufacturing, the satisfaction
of leading a company is in watching the big picture take
shape — and knowing just where this supplier, or that
market, or these IT services fit in.
foan Tupponce is a Richmond freelance writer and
the editor o^Scarab magazine for aluwni ofVCU's
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Jlearia ^ipnaoei uoup
VCU's School of Education has
produced many of Virginia's teachers
for generations; in April this year,
VS. News and World Report ranked
the School 39th of 1,500 teaching
colleges. In 2001-02, the School took
In $302,000 m grants per faailty
mernber. "Only one of the top 50
Schools of Education had a higher
average," points out Dr. William
Bosherjr. '69MEd, the School's
The School is also emerging as a
leader in educational policy. An
alphabet soup of VCU-affUiated
centers and institutes gives food for
thought and learning to K-12
pals and students
in Virginia and
become a local,
national hub for
practice on a
range of issues
that include dis-
development and educational leader-
ship," says Bosher. "We are
becoming a trusted source for insight
into the issues confronting legisla-
tors, school board members, admin-
istrators and teachers. 1 see it this
way," he adds. "The School of
Education is a bridge between the
policy makers and the classroom."
These Centers also make finan-
cial sense in times of deep budget
cuts, Bosher points out. "As we get
fewer higher education funds from
the state, one way we can sustain our
programs is to use profit mechanisms
in a public environment. Through
Dr. William Bosher Jr.
— and Students
projects for state and local agencies
and school systems, the Centers typi-
cally pay their own way."
Many of us cringe at the phrase
"school policy," recalling high
school years when the most desirable
objectives always seemed to be
"against school policy." But don't
think dress codes and detention,
think supports for learning,
grounded in research. "The SOL
(Standards of Learning) program is a
policy. Vouchers are a policy,"
School policy comes from a
variety of sources — public opinion,
parents, school boards, state boards
of education and legislatures. It's
complicated machinery — and Bosher
understands it well. Before taking
over as dean two years ago, he had
been superintendent of Henrico and
then Chesterfield County Public
Schools. As Virginia State
Superintendent of Public Instruction,
he helped design the Standards of
Learning. In 2000, Virginia was one
of the first states to establish stan-
dards, even before the mandate of
the federal No Child Left Behind Act
Who Will Carry the Standards?
As dean of the School of Education,
Bosher works closely with Dr. Jo
Lyime DeMary '72MEd, Virginia's
first woman superintendent of
public instruction, to solve problems
so students can learn more and
better. DeMary and VCU are collabo-
rating "on several programs to better
prepare teachers and school leaders,"
she says. The collaboration is a
natural, according to DeMary's
former deputy superintendent, Dr.
Ken MagiJl '65BS/B '69MS/E. "On
the campus in dovmtown
Richmond," says Magill, "we are
located at the seat of state govern-
ment — where the action is."
Like many other states, DeMary
explains, "Virginia has large numbers
of principals and superintendents
reaching retirement. And the role of
educational leadership is changing
v«th standards and accountability."
With help from VCU's state-
applied for and
got a State Action
grant from the
"SAELP is certain
to reform the preparation of educa-
tional leaders for the 21st century,"
says DeMary. Virginia was one of 15
states chosen from 30 states that
CEPI is coordinating the
$250,000 grant, which has led to the
Fairfax School District receiving a
Leadership for Education
Achievement in Districts (LEAD)
grant, worth $1 million a year for the
Dr. ]o Lytine DeMary
SHAFER COURT 20 CONNECTIONS
next five years. "Through SAELP,
VCU has become part of a national
network studying policy and practice
in educational leadership," Bosher
Magill also worked on the SAELP
grant. With that funding, he says,
"we're looking at the environment
for school administrators, to see
what might make people hesitate to
go into administration." Some of
those barriers might be laws, regula-
tions or policies that limit a princi-
pal's authority. "Principals now are
held accountable for the academic
performance of students in their
schools; but they don't always have
the authority to do things that will
help students improve. In some
localities, for example, principals
don't have the final say in who is on
He adds, "The salary increase for
moving into administration isn't
usually a significant amount. For
many teachers, it's not enough to
make up for the added hassles. The
SAELP study may uncover more diffi-
culties, and then we can make some
VCU has had a special focus on
identifying and training educational
leaders since the late 1980s when
school superintendents realized that
something more had to be done.
Talent, energy and good wiU just
aren't enough for good teachers to
become masters, for teachers to
make the leap to principal, to super-
intendent. "They came to the School
of Education and said, 'Will you help
us find our future leaders?'" says edu-
cational consultant Dr. Mary Ann
Wright '84MEd '97PhD/Ed.
With Virginia State University,
VCU began the Central Virginia
Leadership Academy (CVLA). The
Enhancement Program (PEP) is
designed to sharpen the abilities of
principals, graduate students on the
administrative track, lead teachers,
and people going into education as a
second career. The program takes a
flexible 24 hours — one day a week
for a month, or concentiated
weekends. "PEP ttains them to think
on their feet," says Wright, a former
director of CVLA.
Stephen Covert '96MEd, princi-
pal of Ni River Middle School in
Spotsylvania, Virginia, has been
through the program and now trains
prospective administiators. "My first
administtative role model is a VCU
alumnus. He led by example, and set
high standards for himself and for
others. He took every decision with
respect to a clear vision he had, and
weU-articulated to others. I'm proud
to say my mentor is my father,
Bemice Covert III '81MEd, who was
principal of the Spotsylvania Career
and Techmical Center for many
Covert and his father were ready
for challenges because VCU "framed
our courses in the context of real-
worid settings and examples." And
so does CVLA.
The program includes eight
hours of intense, timed simulation
activities. "In the real worid, you
don't have unlimited time," says
Covert. "You make the best choices
you can in the time you have."
For In Basket, "we pepper them
with a variety of issues that an
administtator might face in a day."
Twenty rapid-fire desktop challenges
in 90 minutes throws participants
one problem after another —
anything from hearing out angry
parents to finding a gun in a child's
"They have glassy eyes at the
end," adds Wright.
Participants also work in leader-
less groups, appear before hypotheti-
cal school boards, and write and
evaluate school improvement plans.
Activities are videotaped and docu-
mented, and participants are evaluat-
ed on 14 leadership skills like
judgment, sensitivity, and oral and
written communication. All the
information is fed into a computer.
More Than K-l2
Centers affiliated with the VCU School of
Education provide research and technical assis-
tance to schools and communities.
Partnership for Peopfe with Disabilities works
with disability service providers, K-1 2 schools and
school divisions, universities, professional organi-
zations, and state and local agencies to expand
opportunities to people with disabilities and
families. The federal Administration on
Developmental Disabilities has recognized the
Partnership as a university centerfor excellence
in the field. The Partnership operates over 20
federal and state programs, with a staff of more
than 100 professionals and students.
Training and Technical Assistance Center
(T/TAC) supports better educational opportunities
i and success for children and youth with disabili-
ties and young children with disadvantages or at-
risk for school failure. VCU T/TAC offers quality
training and technical assistance in response to
local, regional and state needs.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center
(RRTC) conducts research and training on disabil-
ity issues and return-to-work strategies. RRTC's
Benefits Planning and Resource Center (BARC),
provides regional technical assistance and
training to the Benefits Planning Assistance and
Outreach Programs funded under the Ticket to
Work and Work Incentive Improvement Act of
1999. "When someone from anywhere in the U.S.
calls with a technical question about Social
Security disability benefits, they're talking to
someone from the VCU School of Education,"
says Dean William Bosher Jr.
FALL 21 2003
Quality Time. The principal's office is obviously not a dire place for Ryan Coddington and
Anderson, sharing mthustasms with Principal Stephen Covert at Ni Middle School.
and, in the end, students get a
detailed report about their strengths
The state is now mandating
teacher mentoring programs," says
Wright, "and mentoring and
coaching would be a natural place
for PEP to expand. But to create
more programs, CVLA needs more
"Go to the principal's office."
"Professors who demonstrate a
genuine interest in our education
and growth are a hallmark of VCU,"
says Covert. He and Ken Magill, now
on VCU's graduate faculty teaching
educational leadership, are two of
In K-12, the middle school block
is notorious. Just as the curriculum
gets harder, students are whipsawed
by hormones and social angst (and a
kind of sleeping sickness). Covert is a
calm center in a storm. "Students at
this age need definite boundaries,
and crave predictability."
He continues, "Adolescent
learners also must be sunounded by
educators who understand that
sometimes the student who is the
most difficult to love is the one who
needs that love the most. Aside from
the most severe cases, administrators
need latitude in crafting behavioral
: modificahon plans that work for
each chUd, in cooperation with
parents. Educating a child — in the
social, emotional, cognitive and
physical aspects — is really a team
effort," he stresses.
That's why Magill tells prospec-
j five principals, "be sure you have all
• the facts before you make decisions,
and that you listen to people. When
parents come in feeling their child
has been wronged in some way, you
have to just listen at first, without
interrupting to defend your position.
You have to let them ventilate.
When you begin to talk, separate the
child as a person from the behavior.
You need to show them that you,
too, care about their child. 'But this
is a behavior that we need to work
Magill adds another duty of the
school leader. "A principal must
create an environment that's nurtur-
ing and safe, physically and emo-
honaUy, for students and for faculty
and staff. If the teachers and staff
don't feel good about things, it will
be impossible for a principal to
implement his goals. It's important
to set expectations and then give
people the opportunity to
meet them; don't keep
changing the expectations
as you get close to them."
Creating that support-
ive space is difficult. As a
private consultant, Magill
works with Visiting
International Faculty, a
cultural exchange program
that recruits highly quali-
fied teachers from 42
countries for Virginia
"Unfortunately," he says,
"many of them find that
their biggest culture shock
is classroom discipline.
Teachers in the U.S. don't
have the respect and
esteem that foreign
teachers do, and that's a
Severe state budget
cuts make a principal's job a lot
harder. Covert comments acerbical-
ly. "I think any administrator would
say that maintaining a highly moti-
vated faculty — ready on a daily basis
to provide engaging and challenging
lessons to students — in the face of
unfounded criticisms and outdated
state funding formulae is a daunting
task — not to mention unfunded and
often contradictory federal
In this climate. Covert is particu-
lariy grateful for PEP. "It's a wonder-
ful learning opportunity, bringing
together school leaders from various
districts, who can share ideas and
collaboratively work on real solu-
tions to questions of policy and
practice. The program is adaptable to
what is going on now, but it also has
such a good foundation in theory
and practice," Covert emphasizes.
"Regardless of what trends come our
way, it will be relevant."
Listen Up, and Listen Down
"Listen," says Magill. Education, says
Covert, "is a team effort."
Superintendent DeMary maintains
the same principles on a statewide
level. "Input from teachers, princi-
pals and parents is critical to making
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effective policy," she says. "The more
field-based information policymakers
have, the more our policies are
aligned with best practices in the
schools. Decisions made in a vacuum
can only result in ineffective policy —
or even worse, damaging policy."
The School of Education informs
policymakers in several ways.
Each spring, the CEPl releases the
Commonwealth Education Poll, a
major barometer of Virginia public
opinion about K-12 education. In
April 2003, although 43 percent of
Virginia voters thought K-12 schools
were underfunded, only 32 percent
supported a tax increase for educa-
tion. Have SOLs made schools
better? No, said 43 percent; 42
percent feel SOLs have helped.
CEPl also writes legislative briefs
on issues in education. The non-
partisan briefs at the center's website
quickly get to the heart of each
issue — endearing them to General
Assembly members who had to
consider over 3,000 pieces of legisla-
tion during this past year's "short"
"In a day when people have
more information than they can
handle, the most valuable resource is
analysis," says Bosher, also CEPl's
executive director. "Our website can
get 10,000 hits a month."
"Impartiality is a key," adds Dr.
Richard Vacca, VCU professor
emeritus of education law and CEPl
senior fellow. "We don't try to take a
stand one way or another," he says.
"We present the information, and
lawmakers draw their own conclu-
sions." See for yourself at www.cepi-
The Metropolitan Educational
Research Consortium (MERC) at
VCU is definitely a two-way bridge
between area schools and the educa-
tional experts on VCU's faculty. In
1991, seven metro Richmond school
boards and VCU "came together to
j see if they could leverage their
> resources to conduct research that
school divisions alone could not typ-
ically afford," says Bosher.
This is policymaking that moves
from the bottom up before it goes
back from the top down. "MERC is
action-oriented," says MERC's
director, VCU's Dr. James McMillan.
The consortium decides on its
research topics each year from
problems that come from the
schools. Teachers and principals can
see what they need to know, now, to
teach their students more effectively.
They are on MERC's council,
choosing topics with policymakers
and shaping studies with faculty
A major worry in public educa-
tion is losing students who are at risk
because of poverty or other family
and personal struggles. Many studies
have looked at kids in trouble to try
to fix what went wrong. A recent
MERC study asked 62 successfiil kids
from six school districts, "How do
you do it?" The results provided
some new insights on resilience,"
The students were eager,
thoughtful and direct. School divi-
sions could see irmnediate practical
applications. "Have more activities
for the students to become involved
in," students said. They wanted
teachers who were supported and
expected them to succeed — "She was
sttict but she was nice." These
students had a strong sense of their
own effectiveness. They were suc-
cessful because they chose to be, and
they gave themselves credit for it.
Another study proposed ways of
structuring summer school to
improve SOL scores for students
having trouble. Suggestions included
"enrolling struggling students in
"Principal " Kathryn Kirk (in blue) is live on tape, presenting a school problan to other PEP leadership shtdents, a.k.a. School Board.
After nodding and wincing at tite tape, and hearing solid questions and suggestions from Tanya Smith (seated left), program director
Mary Ann Wright, Rich Hall, EllmHebeit, facilitator Harold Saunders andMelanie Haimes-Bartolf Kirk is a lot more convincing the
second time around.
FALL 23 2003
Algebra I during summer school,
focusing courses on preparing for the
test, and keeping class sizes small."
Retaining quality teachers is
critical if schools are to meet new
high standards. According to a
MERC study, schools keep good
teachers by listening to teachers'
needs; supporting meaningful pro-
fessional development; reducing
class size and loads; strengthening
mentoring for new teachers; and
rewarding teachers' professionalism.
MERC studies sometimes
convince school boards of necessary
spending. "Local schools have
also used our technology results
to argue for further technology
resources," says McMillan.
Today's teachers have to cope not
only with academics but with social
issues like drug and alcohol abuse,
gangs, HIV/ AIDS, school shootings.
Children of new immigrants from
the Sudan, El Salvador and Russia
struggle to comprehend higher math
and American History in a language
foreign to them. Budget cuts mean
teacher layoffs and larger classes,
': when research shows that low
teacher-student ratios are the most
important element in better
i learning. Lower salaries make it diffi-
cult for teachers to bring up and
educate their own children. When
school systems can afford to hire
them, there's a nationwide teacher
i Graduates of VCU's five-year
Extended Teacher Preparation
Program leave campus ready to teach
and support their students. Teachers
earn both a Master of Teaching from
the School of Education and a B.A. or
B.S. in a subject area through the
College of Humanities and Sciences.
; The curriculum is infused with SOL-
I related material, and every student
spends a semester doing a practicum,
an internship in a local K-12 class-
room. Students learn to use new
technologies through the School's
two state-of-the-art labs.
j The School offers an endorse-
ment in teaching English as a Second
Language, and recently won a $ 1
million federal Title 111 grant from
the Office of English Language
Acquisition. VCU will be training
ESL teachers and paraprofessionals in
four Richmond area school districts
and among our VCU students. The
grant is renewable every year for five
The standards movement is
pushing teachers as well as students,
and school systems across the
country are offering substantial
salary increases to teachers who earn
National Board Certification.
It's a lot more than paperwork.
Teachers must make a year-long
analysis of their knowledge and
skills. They prepare a portfolio by
videotaping their teaching, collect-
ing student work samples, and
making detailed analyses of their
teaching methods. They face
rigorous tests in their core subjects at
an assessment center. National Board
Certification lasts for 10 years and
can be renewed.
"Fifty percent don't make it the
first time," Bosher comments. The
Candidate Support Program of VCU-
affiliated Metropolitan Educational
Training Alliance (META) is there to
What the Word Bird Told Us
Rained in. As long as they can READ with favorite aut^^^^nc Moncure, Kiara Slack,
Justin Hundley, Kayla Thompson and Christian Brown d ^KHKm n mind the rain on their
"Alphabet Soup Parade. " Preschool Special Needs Coordinator Amelia Foster gathered 400
Gasewell County preschoolers who met in Yanceyville, North Carolina for the event
As a teacher of young children, Jane Belk Moncure
'52BS/E didn't just smile at the cute things her
ents said. She wrote them down.
h had a suitcase full of stories," she recalls.
Her first publication came when she was
teaching at a nursery school on 5th Avenue and
12th Street in New York City. Photographer Morris
Jaffee had followed her class around for a whole
day, taking pictures he thought the school could
use for a class booklet She looked through the
photos and realized, "there's a whole book here."
She wrote words to fit the pictures and, without
scheduling a meeting, walked into the offices of
Lothrop, Lee and Shepherd "and handed it to an
editor." Her off-the-sidewalk approach worked—
the firm published Pinny's Day at Play School
Today, Moncure has written more than 200
well-loved children's books. Her Word Bird series,
Sound Box Books and Magic Castle Readers have
introduced millions of children around the world to
reading. Her advice on writing for children is simple:
"Don't write down to them, write with them."
Many books for early readers use a limited
vocabulary of phonetically simple words. Moncure
didn't Her collaborators wouldn't let her. "They
wanted 'alligator.' They wanted 'astronaut.' I'm a
help teachers through the process. In
2001, the Richmond area had only
one nationally board-certified
teacher. By 2003, with a META-
boost, it has 15 — five of them gradu-
ates of VCU's School of Education.
Math teacher Lisa HaU '93MEd is
policy made personal for students at
Adams Elementary School in
Henrico County. Today's schools risk
losing accreditation — and federal
funding— if they fail to meet stan-
dards. Low SOL scores in math
resulted in a state 'warning' to
Adams. Hall came to the rescue in
2001 when federal policy expanded
Title 1 programs to fund intensive
math teachers as well as reading spe-
As a resource teacher for the
whole school. Hall was looking for
snappy ways to help students learn
addition, subtraction, times tables,
and understand how to apply these
"math facts." After she saw some
math games at a workshop, she
applied for grants to buy materials
and make kits for every classroom. In
2002, Dominion Resources gave her
$4,000, and ToyotaTIME came
through with $9,700.
Teachers and parents have assem-
bled 36 kits with 13 games in each
one — "all 730 kids have used them,"
she says proudly. These days, Adams
is a school where "every kid counts."
Classrooms clatter with the click of
dice and children calling out
numbers, as they add, subtract,
multiply and divide, to play "Eight
Eyeball Rings Are Enough," or
"Seven Snakes." This year, Toyota-
TIME dollars bought materials for
more kits so parents can practice
with children at home.
Players have to use strategy and
know math facts as they collect
eyebaU rings for their fingers
whenever they roU eight. "The
games are so much more fun to
them than using flashcards or being
drilled." The real payoff is that math
scores have risen from the 50s to the
upper 80s. Adams Elementary is now
fully accredited, and in May 2002
was one of four schools in Virginia to
receive the Governor's Award for
Math Madness! Title 1 Math teacher
Lisa HaU and Krystyiie Bradley, Kendra
Esparza-Harris am Sean Taylor play
"Lucky Triples His Friaids" atAdatns
Elementary School. Hall bought materials
for tnatfi games kits witli a $9,700 grant
from Tqyota-TIME and $4,000 from
teacher-writer," she explains. "I wanted to find
words children would respond to. One little boy
wanted us to use 'dromedary.' He knew what it
meant, too. 'They got one hump,' he said. 'Camels
got two.' The children loved that word. They all
started dancing and chanting 'Dromedary,
A controversial issue in early reading is
phonics. Moncure insists that her Sound Box
Books, written in the 1970s and recently repub-
lished, "are beginning letter-sound books. They are
not 'phonics' books. There is not a one way to
read — phonics." Most parents define phonics as
learning letter sounds. For educators, the term
implies a rigid approach to reading which empha-
sizes drills on the sounds without the motivation of
actually reading books with good stories. By itself it
doesn't make hungry readers, and research shows
that in many cases phonics alone doesn't make
readers at all.
Moncure fondly remembers her early days of
teaching, and "the wonderful Mrs. Pearl Burford," a
VCU professor of early elementary education.
Burford placed Jane at Richmond's Matthew
Maury Elementary School for student teaching. In
1951-52, "Miss Belk" taught "junior primary," a
combined kindergarten/first grade. Although in a
poor neighborhood, "Maury was a very, very
creative school." Every day in her class, five-
and six-year-olds "were learning to read by
writing their own stories. 'Writing to read,'"
she comments, "is not really new."
At Maury, Moncure turned empty refrig-
erator cartons into magical places for her
children and told them stories about the
"Word Bird." When Moncure was a little girl,
she used to visit her grandparents on their
farm in South Carolina. Her grandfather,
"Papoo," kept a special flower container with
a little bird on it on the porch. He'd fill the bird
with coins and peppermint sticks, and shake
them out, pinata-style, for his grandchildren.
Inevitably, Moncure filled her bird with words
and shook them out for her students.
From 1957-59, Moncure was the first
president of the Virginia Association for Early
Childhood Education. "This organization,
since its inception, has worked to establish
high standards for young children's programs
and for good educational opportunities for
teachers who work with young children."
The VAECE, with other groups, established
some ofthe first early childhood standards
Moncure, who was also an Early Childhood
Instructor at VCU, returned to campus in 2000 to
receive an Alumni Star award. She spent a morning
visiting VCU's Child Development Center and
donated several sets of books. "That center is a
great asset for young teachers in training. I was
very impressed with the quality ofthe program."
Although she left teaching in 1979 to concen-
trate on writing, Moncure still works as a school
consultant and volunteer. She spent a year
exchanging emails with struggling third grade
readers in Tacoma, Washington. "I invited them to
write some stories for me. And they were good. Any
grandmother could do that with a child." In fact, she
reminds parents, "You are your child's most impor-
tant teacher. Today so many extra things are
pressed onto little children. Parents can make sure
they have some relaxed, quality time together."
She recalls her own idyllic summers on her
grandparents' farm, "Riding the farm
mules. ..swimming in the lake. ..picking cotton."
And of course, "listening every single night to my
grandfather's homemade stories from the bottom of
his big brass bed, with all the grandchildren spell-
bound all around him."
With that kind of encourage-
ment, Hall's creativity and fundrais-
ing are expanding exponentially. "I
have a new hobby," she says
happily. "Next I'm thinking about
schoolwide 'Math Motivators,'
funded by a $4,000 grant from Scott,
Stringfellow." On Math Fridays once
a month, kids who answer the most
math facts get to wear buttons that
say "Math Master." Occasional Math
Madness Saturdays are really popular
with third to fifth graders.
Dominion gave her another
$4,000 in 2003 for Math and Science
Family Workshops. Hall's latest grant
application includes stipends for
teachers who've been volunteering at
Betty Jean Swyers died August 6, 2003. An
adjunct instructor in children's literature from
the late 1960s to the late 1980s, Betty Swyers was
the Mother Goose of VCU — a reader's action
figure. Dr. Alan Mcleod, chair of teacher educa-
tion, once took her course. "She would be
sashaying around the classroom and get us to
follow. We'd all be singing a counting rhyme or
acting out the story of the three bears." Genera-
tions of new teachers passed her joyful perkiness
on to their K-5 students as a happy love of reading
Swyers collaborated with reading faculty
on VCU's weekend Children's Literature
Conference in the 1970s-80s, running Friday
night "Happenings" of book-related activities
with meet-the-authorfor kids and parents.
Former chair Dr. Pat Ducan says, "She was one
of the most creative people I ever met." Swyers
and her husband, late faculty member Dr. William
Swyers, "made a far bigger contribution to VCU
than anyone will ever know," says Duncan. For a
fitting memorial contribution, her children sug-
gested, "Read a book to a child."
Math Saturdays, and a digital
camera to document students'
activities and achievements.
Hall sharpened her grant-
writing skills in a VCU course in
research methods. "We basically
worked on one paper the entire
semester, bit by bit, and it was
picked apart by the professor every
week," she says. "It paid off."
An object in motion tends to
stay in motion. Lisa Hall, Adams'
Teacher of the Year for 2003,
reports proudly that 90 percent of
Adams students passed math SOLs
So, the ABCs of policy go some-
thing like this. A) Look at class-
rooms: Who's learning? Who isn't?
Why? What do they need? B)
Formulate necessary policies. C)
Send better policies (with funding)
Scholar, Patriot and
Dr. AiTiin AJimard, retired professor of
public administration at VCU, died of
cancer on May 6, 2003, in Richmond. A
former professor and dean at the National
University of Iran, Alimard became a
cabinet-level minister in the Shah's govern-
ment, instituting reforms in the civil service
code and developing a training program for
public officials across Iran. His friend Dr.
Frank Sherwood says, "He was a patriot
above all else. He looked on his position as
After the Islamic Revolution, Alimard
escaped to Turkey and later to the United
States. He joined the VCU faculty in 1982,
becoming a helpful and popular advisor,
not only to students in public administra-
tion, but to international students in every
field. Dr. Janet Hutchinson, VCU director of
public administration, says, "He was such a
vital man with such a broad intellect,
[which] he shared with so many people,
and we all benefited."
"A Tremendous Loss"
Dr. Susan Estabrook Kennedy died June
15, 2003, at 61, soon after being diagnosed
with cancer. She was not only a published
scholar in 20th century American history
but a capable administrator, serving on
myriad university boards and committees
since she arrived at VCU in 1973. Her col-
leagues in the History Department changed
its bylaws so she could serve three terms as
chair. She was interim and associate dean of
the College of Humanities and Sciences in
the late 1990s, when she established a
back to teachers and principals to
implement in classrooms and
schools. The point is always the
student. A fourth grader is learning
long division; she may go on to
study fractals and chaos theory — or
to lead a software company. That
boy reading with the Word Bird (see
sidebar) could become a journalist
and win a Pulitzer Prize.
"Every child is entitled to quality
education through a public school
system that is accountable for its per-
formance," says DeMary. "I am com-
mitted to the Standards of Learning
and other initiatives that enable
students and public schools to reach
those high standards."
Sandra Shelley is a freelancer who
writes frequently for the Christian
development office for the college and
balanced its finances.
She studied, wrote and lectured about
American history in the 1920s and '30s. Her
first book was Tlie Banking Crisis of 1933. A
second book, If All We Did Was Weep at
Home, examined the history of working
class white women in the United States. A
Guggenheim Fellowship was one of her
many honors. She developed a course at
VCU on methodologies for oral history; she
was a co-founder, past president, and
journal editor of the Richmond Oral
"She was a marvelous administrator and
she served all over the university," says Dr.
Stephen Gottfredson, dean of humanities
and sciences. "It's a tremendous loss."
with High Standards
Mary Barbour Dixon Phillips died May
24, 2003 at 88. For 47 years, several genera-
tions of RPI and VCU students leamed
poise and clarity in her public speaking and
diction courses — then required in many
majors, including business and education.
Retired theatre chair Richard Newdick
remembers, "Mary taught a lot of athletes,
because her part-time schedule fit theirs.
She was such a sweetheart and so con-
cemed for her students," he continues.
"She was always willing to work extia time
with students who needed help. But she
was no softie; she had high standards."
Phillips was active in the Richmond
Theater Guild for many years and staned as
Emily in their 1939 production of Oiir
Town. Students admired and loved her for
her professionalism and concern.
SHAFER. COURT 26 CONNECTIONS
*Member of the VCU Alumni Association
Lloyd Bell's '55BM book, Giovanni: Ttie Life
and Times of John Brownlee, was pub-
lished by Xlibris in 2003. *Judith Godwin
'52BFAwas recently granted an honorary
degree of Doctor of Human Letters (HDL)
from Mary Baldwin College. Her paintings
can be found in museums around the world,
including the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in NYC, the Art Institute of Chicago, the
Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, the San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the
National Museum of Art in Osaka, Japan.
Bernard Martin '59BFA received Richmond
Magazine's 2003 Theresa Pollak Lifetime
Achievement award. He is a professor
emeritus in the School of the Arts at VCU.
He lives in Richmond. His son Cade Martin
'90BGS/H&S took our cover photo.
*Willis Barrow '62/En Is a general engineer
at Langley Air Force Base. He lives in
Norfolk, VA. *WilliamBeville'65BS/SW
is a college sales/acquisition editor for
Prentice Hall, Higher Education Division.
Top Manuscript Performer for 2001/2002, he
was recently inducted into the Prentice Hall
Manuscript Hall of Fame. He lives in
Richmond. Barry Bird '67AS/En is an
electrical controls engineer for Consutech
Systems, LLC in Mechanicsville, VA.
*Dans Callans Jr '66BS/B is president of
Sunset Ford in Phoenix. *Gwynne Clarl<
'66BFA is a costume director in the Theatre
Arts Department of Loyola Marymount
University in Los Angeles. ^Gordon
Conner '66BS/MC is owner and president of
BrandWorks, Ltd., and lives in Midlothian,
VA. Alois Ellis '66BFA is vice president of
Jack Ellis & Associates in Richmond, where
she lives. Roselle Gibbs '66BS/B is CFG
and chair of the board of ABC Staffing in
Fredericksburg, VA. Gary Hinds '69BS/B
is a DBA at Boeing in Bellevue, WA where
he lives. *C. Larry Home '69BFA received
the 2003 Interior Design Medalist Award
from the VCU Department of Interior
Design, and was inducted into the depart-
ment's Alumni Circle of Excellence. He is
president of Home International Designs in
Bethesda, MD and lives in Silver Springs,
MD. David Hunt '69BS/B is CEO of
PlanSoft Corporation. W. Wilton Johnson
'69BS/B is a contract administrator at E.I.
DuPont in Richmond, where he lives.
John Keith Jr '66BS/B is director of Human
Resources at J. Crew in Lynchburg, VA. He
lives in Forest, VA. *Thonias Layman
'65BFA owns Tom Layman Graphics in
Richmond, where he lives. *Gerald
Osborne '68AS/E is operations manager at
Tridium, Inc. in Richmond, where he lives.
John Revene II '68BS/B is a drives special-
ist at Wood Equipment Co. in Mechanics-
ville, VA. He lives in Richmond. Kenneth
Sullivan '64BS/B is president of Kenneth W.
Sullivan, Inc. in Fredericksburg, VA, where
he lives. Thomas Thacher '69BS/B is
chief of the Information Technology Team
for the US National Park Service in
Ochopee, FL. He lives in Marco Island, FL
Eileen Wagner '67BS/E is a self-employed
attorney in White Stone, VA. *Vann
Williams '63C/A is owner/interior designer
of L' Atelier in Maidens, VA. Charles
Wood '64BS/B owns ADA Signs in Lake
Wylie, SC, where he lives. *Milton
Woody '67BS/E is dean for Enrollment
Services at St Louis Community College in
St. Louis. He lives in St. Charles, MO.
"Barbara Allen '76BS/H&S is a doctor of
Veterinary Medicine at the Forest Animal
Hospital in Forest, MS, where she lives.
Stephen Althouse '76MFA was awarded a
five-month Fulbright research grant to be
an artist-in-residence atthe Museum of
Modern and Contemporary Art in Liege,
Belgium, beginning August, 2003. He is a
professor of photography and digital
imaging at Barry University in Miami
Thomas Askew '78MBA is a senior consul-
tant at Renaissance Resources in
Richmond, where he lives. James Baker
'71BS/B married Katharine Barrett in July,
2003. He is a partner at Simmons-Baker
Realty in Richmond, where they live.
Barbara (Copple) Seattle '70BM is director
of music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in
Winston-Salem, NC. Brenda Bentley
'77BS/E is a comptroller atTopflite Building
Services, Inc. in Washington, DC. She lives
in Alexandria, VA. Gregory Bielawski
'76BS/B is a senior program analyst at Jon
J. McMullen Associates Inc. in
Washington, DC. He lives in Arlington, VA.
Diane (Vayo) Blunt '76BFA is project
manager for the International Monetary
Fund in WASHINGTON. She lives in
Sterling, VA. Jim Bowman '73BS/B is a
charter boat captain of "Marlin Mania" in
Hatteras,NC, where he lives. Joseph
Brodecki '70BS '77MS/H&S is a
principal/financial advisor for Bernstein in
FALL 27 2003
CU Alumni Association
FOUNDERS DAY-ALUMNI STARS
VCU vs lona
Alumni Ticket Night
Alumni College in Gennany
Lunch with Rams Basketball
Coach Jeff Capel . '-
VCU vs WiUiam & Mary
Alumni Ticket Night
DECEMBER 13 _
WINTER COMMENCEBltKf 2003
Commencement Breakfast & Photography
VCU vs Middle Tennessee State
Alumni Ticket Night
Alumni Extern Program i»*'
Lunch with Rams Basketball
Coach Jeff Capel
VCU vs Hofstra
Alumni Ticket Night
Limch with Rams Basketball
Coach Jeff Capel
VCU vs ODU
Alumni Ticket Night
Aliurmi Extern Program
Prospective Student Calling Program
Gala Opening of Student Corrunons Phase 3
AAAC REUNION 2004
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BY SELBY FRAME '81 BFA
If you blinked your eyes at VCU during the late '60s, you
probably didn't notice Daniel Gill '71BS/B racing across
Shafer Court to catch a morning class. Like many VCU
students, Gill took advantage of the university's flexible class
scheduling to squeeze in a college education around a full-
Gill not only managed to complete his undergraduate
work while working in governmental procurement, he also
slipped in a MS Degree in Contracts and Procurement
Management from Florida Institute of Technology through
an extension program at Fort Lee. Gill's educational aims dovetailed exactly with his
career at the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in Washington, where he worked from
1966-83. There, he helped the DLA, Defense General Supply Center (located in
Richmond, VA) supply equipment to military departments and other defense agencies.
"Acquisitions is a dynamic, continuously reforming process," says Gill of his 30-year
career, which culminated in his senior executive service (SES) positions in the Office of
the Secretary of Defense and the Office of the Secretary of the Army. "It allowed me to
use all my business, accounting and human skills for dealing with people and negotiat-
ing conttacts, as well as implementing national policies mandated by Congress. Plus,
you are providing oversight for spending taxpayers' money."
Gill developed particular expertise that moved him quickly up the ranks, especially
in policy and program development to increase contract and awards for small and
minority-owned businesses. He also increased U.S. Army Research Office awards to his-
torically Black coUeges and universities ft-om $500,000 in 1987 to $5 million in 1990.
"It's federal government policy to place a proportion of acquisitions and research
funds with small and disadvantaged businesses," says Gill. "But it's always a challenge
to get as much of that $200 billion to small businesses as possible. There's a feeling that
small businesses can't do certain types of work, don't have the capability and quality. I
spent a lot of years convincing people that there are plenty of small businesses who can
compete for defense contracts."
Gill's biggest challenge, and best success, arose in 1991 during Operation Desert:
Storm. Faced with a projected two-year active military maneuver in desert conditions,
the DOD was hard-pressed to fill conh-acts for specialized unifonns, boots and equip-
ment. Gill had previously organized technical teams to help DOD increase contiract
awards to small clothing and apparel manufacturing and machine shop firms in Puerto
Rico. Some of these firms contributed significantly to the war efforts. When the war was
over, he led an initiative to involve small businesses in the clean up of Kuwait.
Gill was awarded a Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service. He retired from
public ser\ice in 1996 to am Dayvon Services, Inc., his own acquisitions consulting
firm in Burke, Virginia. Most of his work involves education and training for new
employees of govemmental program, acquisition and procurement offices. At the start
of most new classes, he says, someone usually cracks, "What about that $600 hammer
the Army bought?" After the laughter dies down. Gill gives the class an insider's view.
"Yeah, you can go to the hardware store and buy a hammer for $20," he says. "But
what if you give one of those cheap hammers to a soldier in Iraq right now? What if he
tries to use the hammer and the claw breaks off? The hammer the DOD buys must
comply with stringent military specifications that require special hardening, freatment
and testing." These special requirements cost more than commercial commodities.
The public often gets skewed information about government procedures, says Gill,
who also is quick to defend what many perceived as precipitous, if not rigged, bidding
on the rebuilding of Iraq.
"You always get the media take on these things," he says, "but the fact is they had a
competition for bids or proposals, the companies were evaluated, and they made the
awards. It didn't have anything to do with anybody on any boards. The ones who get
the contracts are the ones who provide the best value to the government and may have
participated in the last cleanup and therefore have experience and did a good job.
V^en you're talking about a multimillion-dollar contract, you're looking for demon-
stiated experience to perform.
"As for starting the bidding when they did, it's a very common practice in contract
work. You must start the process eariy so you can have a conttact in place to begin the
work at the right time.
"I have high regard for public service and the people who work for the government,
particularly in acquisitions— 99.9 per cent are tiying to protect the taxpayer's money."
VCU theatre graduate Selby Frame is a freelance writer in Maine.
Washington, DC. He was named one of the
best investment advisors in Washington by
Washingtonian Magazine, December, 2002.
Dale Brothers '76BS/N is an office admin-
istrator at R.M. Brothers, IVID in
Shenandoah, VA. Jennifer Brown
'78MFA was named one of the YWCA of
Richmond's 10 Outstanding Women of 2003.
She works atthe School of the Performing
Arts in Richmond. *Robert Byrd '72BS/B
'82IV1PA is a fiscal analyst for the City of
Richmond, where he lives. *David
Clements '70BS/IV1C is site manager of
Human Resources at ExxonlVlobil Chemical
in Houston. *Ronald Downing '77BS/H&S
is senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch
in Ronaoke, VA. He is also a member of the
Downing Brothers band. Ann Epps
'59BS/B '78MEd is a library assistant/cata-
loger atthe Blackwater Regional Library in
Carrollton, VA. She lives in Surry, VA.
*Charlotte Fischer '71 BS/B is chair, presi-
dent and CEO of PHS Indiana. Ellen Flint
'77BM teaches at Wilkes University in
Wilkes-Barre, PA. Raymond Forsythe
'72BS/B is a programmer/analyst at Value
Options in Norfolk, VA. He lives in
Chesapeake, VA. Brenda Freed-Mazel
'74MSW is a social work supervisor at
Golden Cradle Adoption Services in Cherry
Hill, NJ. She lives in Marion, NJ. *Harold
Gellis '76MBA is vice president at
Davenport & Company LLC in Richmond
where he lives. Ronald Gentry '70BS/1VIC
is vice president of Sales and Marketing at
SonoMedica LLC in Vienna, VA. Sally
Gravely '76BS/IVIC is a general secretary for
the Second Presbyterian Church in
Roanoke, VA, where she lives. *Stephen
Griffin '77BS/E is planning director for
Pnnce William County. He lives in
Fredericksburg, VA. *IVIichaelGun
'75BS/H&S is a branch chief atthe Court
Services and Offender Supervision Agency
in Washington, DC, where he lives.
Albert Harrison '73BME is the chair of the
Music Department and director of band and
jazz band at Taylor University in Upland, IN.
Jesse Harrup Jr '75BS/B is department
chief of Boating with the US Coast Guard
Auxiliary. John Milliard '72MM teaches
music at James Madison University in
Harrisonburg, VA. Barbara Home
'72BS/B is vice president divisional mer-
chandise manager of the Foley's division for
the Federated Department Stores, Inc. in
Houston. Michel Horton '79BS/MC is a
partner at Zevnik in Los Angeles. He lives in
Pasadena. Peter Huddleston '77BS/B is a
safety engineer for Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory in Livermore, CA. •
Louise Jesse '72BS/1VIC owns Epping
Forest Antiques in Lively, VA, where she
lives. *Philip Johnson '79BFA is assistant
vice president of the University of Miami in
Coral Gables, FL, and lives in Miami. Gary
Jones '76BS/B owns Gary W. Jones
Appraisal Service in Richmond, where he
lives. *Leroy Keller Jr '76MBA is a loan
SHAFER COURT 28 CONNECTIONS
officer forthe US Small Business
Administration in Richmond. He lives in
Glen Allen, VA. Jerry Lancio '70BS/B is
director of the Florida Resource Center at
Daytona Beach Community College. He
lives in Port Orange, FL Frank Lotts
71BA/H&S recently retired as deputy
director of Logistics Operations with after
32 years with the Defense Logistics
Agency. *James Mann 71 BS/B is presi-
dent of Mann, Armistead & Epperson, Ltd.
in Richmond, where he lives. *Stephanie
Masquelier 70BS/B 75MEd is a marketing
and management instructor at Longview
Community College in Lees Summit, MO,
where she lives. *William McConnell
'69AS/En 72BS/B is secretary/treasurer of
HVAC & Electrical Contractor in Roanoke,
VA. He lives in Vinton, VA. Randi Mitzner
76BS/E is director of Comprehensive
Employment Services forthe National
Association on Drug Abuse Problems in
New York. She lives in Wantagh, IMY.
Judy Nelson 71MSW is executive director
of Hollygrove Children & Family Services in
Hollywood, CA. *Marc Noble 72BA/H&S
is deputy computer security officer for the
Federal Communications Commission in
Washington. He lives in Arlington, VA. "
John O'Connell 72BS/B owns the firm John
V. O'Connell, CPA in Bumpass, VA.
^Bradford Partrea 74IV1S/B is senior vice
president at Atlantic Mortgage &
Investment Company in Richmond where
he lives. Vincent Phillips 74BFA is an
editorial assistant for the Bureau of
National Affairs in Washington. He lives in
Woodbridge, VA. Reverend Nancy Poti
74BA/H&S is at the Baptist Theological
Seminary in Richmond. She lives in
Midlothian, VA. Nick Poulios 79MA/B is
director/head of US Global Medical
Outcomes Research and Economics for
Baxter Bioscience in Los Angeles.
Russell Quash Jr 79BS/MC is an advanced
systems engineer at EDS in Washington,
DC, where he lives. Joseph Richter
75BS/B is president of Kenwood USA
Corporation. James Roane Jr 79BS/B is
a business analyst at The University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ml. He lives in
Ypsilanti, Ml. *Susan Robertson
75BS/H&S 76MEd is an SA & Prevention
counselor for Hanover County Public
Schools in Mechanicsville, VA. She lives in
Richmond. Parks Rountrey 75BS/B is a
partner at Knight, Dorin & Rountrey Real
Estate Services in Mechanicsville, VA.
Theandres Ruffin 79BS/H&S
'92BS/AH(CLS) is a nuclear medicine tech-
nologist at the VHA McGuire Hospital in
Richmond, where she lives. Charles Ryan
VI 77MBA is president of the Charles Ryan
Agency in Winchester, VA, where he lives.
*Eugene Schultz 76BS/B is a sales con-
sultant with Virginia Lottery in Midlothian,
VA. Kenneth Scruggs 70BS/B
79MPA/H&S is vice president of
Undenwriting at Business Loan Express in
Washington, DC. Scott Sirles 75BS/B is
president of the James River Consulting
Group in Richmond, where he lives.
*Robert Sizer 74BS/B is vice president of
Palmer & Cary in Florida. *Jeanne Smith
78MS/B retired in 1998 from Paramount's
Kings Dominion after 17 years. She current-
ly volunteers with Indian Rivers Humane
Society of Aylett,VA. Joseph Spriggs
75BS/E is a senior loan officer at Alliance
Mortgage in Annandale.VA. Neil
Szczygiel 72BS/H&S owns a day care in
Lackawanna, NY, where he lives. *Sara
Trueblood 79MSW is a school social
worker at Arrowhead AEA in Webster City,
lA, where she lives. Timothy Turner
76BS/B is a tax policy analyst for the VA
Department of Taxation in Richmond. He
lives in Glen Allen, VA. Leila Walker
70BS/B is a Business Education supervisor
for Baltimore County Public Schools in
Timonium, MD. She lives in Baltimore.
Joseph West Jr76BS/B is assistant
director of Engineering & Buildings for the
State of Virginia. He lives in Charles City,
president of Armfield, Harrison, & Thomas,
Inc. in Leesburg, VA, where he lives.
♦Howard Wiltshire 74BS/B is president of
C.E. Thurston & Sons, Inc. in Virginia
Beach, VA where he lives. *Latham
Winfree 74MS/H&S is a professor of
criminal justice at New Mexico State
University in Las Cruces, NM, where he
lives. The second edition of his textbook
Understanding Crime: Theory and Practice
was published in 2002. Aran Wise 71BFA
is an optician at Unity Optical Co. in Stow,
MA, where he lives.
William Adams '83BS/H&S '87MD is chief
of Medical Staff at the Naval Medical Clinic
in Annapolis. He lives in Manassas, VA.
""Clara Akinleye '81BS/B is a benefits
program specialist forthe City of Richmond,
where she lives. Frances Allen '82BS/B
teaches business/tech education at
Matoaca High School in Chesterfield, VA.
She lives in Midlothian, VA. Brian
Anderson '89BS/B is network administrator
of the Corporate division at Truck
Enterprises, Inc in Harrisonburg, VA.
Nick Armstrong '84MM is artistic director
of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. He is
also the director of the Preparatory Center
for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College,
City University of New York. *Teresa
Atkinson '80BS/MC '87MPA is now associ-
ate vice provost for finance at VCU. She
had been deputy staff director and legisla-
tive fiscal analyst for the Virginia House of
Delegates' Appropriations Committee.
*Samuel Ayoub '86BS/B is vice president of
the High Availability Solutions Division at
Bankof America in Richmond. Emil
Badonsky Jr '87BFA teaches
English/theatre at Oak Hills High School in
CincinnatL He lives in Hamilton, OH.
James Bedenbaugh '80MBA is senior vice
president and treasurer of Triad Hospitals,
Inc. Jennifer Bolger'85BS/MC is head
coach forthe McLean High School
Volleyball Team and manages the
Washington, D.C. Professional Women's
Volleyball Team. Sally Bowring '83MFA
received Riciimond Magazine's 2003
Theresa Pollak Award in painting. She
teaches at VCU's School of the Arts.
Tony Brischler '84BFA is a designer at
Brischler Art Studio, Inc in Fayetteville, GA,
where he lives. Carolyn Brown '79BS
■87MTax/B is a CPA and tax partner at BDO
Seidman, LLP in Richmond. Gisele
(Keyes) Bullock '83BME '87MME is a music
specialist for Virginia Beach Public
Schools. She lives in Chesapeake, VA. •
John Burke '84BM is a sound system
designer at The Kennedy Center in
Washington. He lives in Springfield, VA.
John Campbell '87BS '89MS/MC is chief of
Marketing & Communications at Pamplin
Historical Park and The National Museum
of the Civil War Soldier. Alvin Carter
'81BS/H&S is an advisory engineer at
International Business Machines in
Durham, NC. He lives in Raleigh, NC.
Gray Chandler '80BGS/H&S is a pastor at
the Sunnyside Presbyterian Church in
Fayetteville, NC. He lives in Garner, NC.
Mary Cheek '75BME '82MME is stake
music chair for the Richmond Stake of the
LDS Church. Susan (Strother) Clarke
'83BS/MC is a business reporter with the
Orlando Sentinelln Orlando, FL. She was
recently named the new columnist for the
Sentinel's Money section to focus on
behind-the-scenes developments impact-
ing local businesses. Judith Clary
'74BS/B '80MEd is a school counselor at
Henrico County Schools in Richmond, VA. '
Wayne Cluff '89BS/B is vice president of
operations of InfoMC, Inc. Beverly (Hale)
Cocke '87BA/H&S married John Cocke Jr.
on May 10, 2003. They live in Glen Allen, VA.
Cheryl Corser '85BS/B is president of
Telelink Communications, Inc. Thomas
Cunningham '88BS/B is a sales representa-
tive at Direct Impressions, Inc. in Richmond,
where he lives. *Evan Curbeam
'88BS/H&S is vice president of BB&T in
Midlothian, VA. *Don Dame '77BS/B is an
audit manager at DominionA/irginia Power
in Richmond, where he lives. *Kenneth
Davis '80BS/H&S is a supervisor of
Customer Services at Wyeth Consumer
Healthcare in Richmond, where he lives. •
Mark DeOrio '87BS/H&S is a production
manager at Polysciences, Inc. in
Warrington, PA. He lives in Norristown, PA.
Joel Derflinger '86BS/B is system admin-
istrator at BT Global Networks in Herndon,
VA. He lives in Bristol, VA. Charles
Dransfield '83BFA is manager of Great
Earth in West Hollywood, CA, where he
lives. Stephen Dryden '80BS/B is presi-
dent of Dryden Consulting Services, Inc.
Victoria Dudley '89MBA is managing
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director at Wachovia Securities, Inc. in
Atlanta, where she lives. Richard
Duesberry '86BS/B is an underwriting spe-
cialist at PMA Insurance Group. Julia
Duncan '83BA/H&S owns Beads for Stories
Trading Company. She lives in Alexandria,
director of education for the Pacific Whale
Foundation's Ocean Science Discovery
Center in Maalaea, Hawaii. He lives in
Kihei, HI. Caroline Eby '88BS/MC is a
senior buyer at Freddie Mac in McLean,
VA. She lives in Herndon, VA. *Paul
Edmunds II '87MBA is president and COO of
SunTrust Mortgage, Inc. Sterling
Edmunds III '83MBA is a managing member
at Edmunds White LLC. Stephen Edson
'81BS/B is a senior analyst at Overlook
Systems Technologies, Inc. in Vienna, VA,
where he lives. Tim Edwards '79BS/B
'82MBA is a realtor at Coldwell Banker
Johnson & Thomas in Richmond, where he
lives. He was ranked in the top 10% of all
Coldwell Banker agents worldwide, was
awarded Top Salesperson, and is a
member of the President's Circle. *Barry
Ellis '84MM is professor of music and
director of band at the University of
Wisconsin-Platteville. He is also the princi-
pal bassoonist in the Dubuque Symphony
Orchestra Patrick Fitzgerald '87BS/MC
is president of Fitzgerald Marketing &
Design in Richmond, where he lives.
Loretta Freeman '86BS/B is a senior
systems analyst at the Library of Congress
in Washington. She lives in Dumfries, VA.
Sharon Freude '80BM '84MM is director of
music and organist at St. Matthew's
Episcopal Church in Richmond. James
Genus '87BIVI played bass on the CD
Soulful Song released by Steve Wilson in
2003. *Harold Greenwald '82BM is an
admissions counselor for VCU's School of
Graduate Studies. He lives in Chester, VA.
Frank Gresham '81BFA is supervising
director of animation for a children's
animated TV series. The Cramp Twins, in
London. Kathleen Grzegorek's
'82BA/H&S law practice in Los Angles spe-
cializes in immigration and nationalization.
*Lynn Hackney 'B3BS/B is president of
EYA Urban Properties, Inc. Candee
Harris '83BFA is vice president of sales for
Omega World Travel in Fairfax, VA.
Patrick Harwood '84BS/MC teaches media
and journalism at the College of
Charleston's Department of
Communications in Charleston, SC. *Paul
Hassett '87BS/B is an advertising analyst
for Circuit City Stores Inc in Richmond. He
lives in Sandston, VA. Thomas
Hazelwood '82BS/B is a director at GE
Financial in Richmond, where he lives.
Wendy Helmer '87BS/H&S is office
manager/web designer at VCU Libraries.
She lives in Richmond. Jeff Herro '88BM
teaches guitar and theory at J. Sargeant
Reynolds Community College. William
Hicklin '89BS/B is a manager at SAFECO
Surety in Duluth, GA. He lives in Buford, GA.
Alfye Ingram '89BS/H&S is a probation
officer for the Department of Juvenile
Justice in Chesapeake, VA, where she
lives. Mary Isemann '80BS/MC is a
project director at Southeastern Institute of
Research. ^Samuel Jamison '80BS/B is a
consultant at SEJ Consulting in Accokeek,
VA, where he lives. ""Elizabeth Johnson
'80BA/H&S is a managing broker at Frank
Hardy, Inc. in Deltaville, VA, where she
lives. Eric Johnson '80BS/E is national
account manager at Documentum, Inc. He
lives in Washington, DC. Gail Johnson
'86BS/B is human resource director at
AT&T in Basking Ridge, NJ. *Kevin
Johnson '83BS/B is author of Give God the
Glory! a series of devotional books. The
latest in the series, Called to be Light in the
Workplace, was released March, 2003. He
lives in Hillsborough, NJ, with his wife Gail
and their three sons. Rowena (Perry)
Johnson '87BS/B is an information technol-
ogy specialist for the Department of
Defense Education Activity in Arlington, VA.
She lives in Clinton, MD. *William
Johnson '82BFA is a secondary art teacher
for Richmond Public Schools. *Michael
Jolkovski '83BM '86II/IS '89PhD/H&S is a
psychologist in Falls Church, VA, where he
lives. Lt. Col. Robert Jones Jr '84BS/B is a
battalion commander in the US Army
Chemical Corps. *IVlike Kastner '83BS/B
is a sales representative at Wilmar in
Savage, MD William Kidd '78BM '82MM
is a film composer who has worked on Star
Trek I/, The Untouchables, the Academy
Awards Show, and many other projects.
Susan Ladue '87BS 'SgMURP/H&S is a
manager at Eastward Companies, Inc. in
Chatham, MA. She lives in Brewster, MA.
Joyce Leverenz 'B2BME '88MS/AH(RC) is a
coordinator at the Methodist Rehabilitation
Center in Jackson, MS. She lives in
Brandon, MS. Raymond Levy '85MS
'88PhD/H&S is a psychologist at Ray L
Levy, Ph.D., P.C. & Associates in Dallas.
*Jerry Lewis '81BS/1VIC is vice president of
Communications at the University of Miami.
Debra Marks '87BFA is a product sales
manager at Meeting Services in San Diego,
where she lives. Mike Mason's '89 docu-
mentary. Street Teams Volume One (DVD),
about the hip-hop industry.featuring P.
Diddy, Master P, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah,
Funkmaster Flex and others, was released
in 2003. Roger Martin '80BM works at the
Tennessee Technological University on the
music staff. Frank McNally '81MS/MC is
a public affairs specialist at the
Smithsonian National Air and Space
Museum. He lives in Round Hill, VA. '
James Messerschmidt '84MSW is associ-
ate director of the Alzheimer's Association
in Skokie, IL Mary Miller '83BS/H&S is
an American Baptist pastor in Newark, OH.
Tom Miller '83BM is an intervention spe-
cialist for Ohio Public Schools. Sam
Mustafa '88BS/E is assistant professor of
history at Ramapo College of New Jersey.
*H. Carter Myers III '81 MBA is president
and CEO of Colonial Auto Center in
Charlottesville, VA, Colonial Honda and
Daewoo in Petersburg, VA, and Heritage
Chevrolet in Chester, VA. Dennis
O'Connor '80BS/B is a team leader for the
City of Alexandria. He lives in Oak Grove,
VA Laura 0'Grady'77BS/B'82MBA is
vice president of Advertising and Marketing
at S&K. Don Owen '84BS/B is a senior
test engineering consultant in Washington,
DC and lives in Glenelg, MD. Steve
Ownby '84BS/B is a detective sergeant for
the Richmond Police Department. He lives
in Glen Allen, VA. Thomas Pappas
'81 MBA is director of Advertising
Regulation atthe National Association of
Securities Dealers in Rockville, MD.
Lawrence Philpott'81BS/H&S is a manu-
facturing systems leader at Corning, Inc. in
Christiansburg, VA. He lives in Roanoke, VA.
*Regina (Harris) Phinizey '82BS/B
married Scott Phinizey on March 8, 2003.
She is fiscal administrator for the VCU
Alumni Association. They live in
Chesterfield. Rhonda Pleasants '88BS/B
is an instructor in the Funeral Services
Program at John Tyler Community College.
*Richard Pontynen '74BS/B is regional
partner with Goodman & Company.
Kimberly Powell '81BS/B is a secretary at
Battlefield Park Elementary in
Mechanicsville, VA, where she lives.
*Larry Powell '85BS/MC married Violeta
Garth on June 7, 2003. He is assistant
director of the VCU Alumni Association.
They live in Varina, VA. Patrick Price
'88BS/B is senior subcontracts administra-
tor for Earth Tech in Richmond. Catherine
Redford '80BS/B is senior vice president at
Technology Leasing Concepts, Inc. Jiries
Salameh '86BS/H&S is resident agent in
charge of the Miami Division with the US
Drug Enforcement Administration in Fort
Lauderdale, FL, where he lives. *Cathy
Saunders '76BSW '82MS/AH is a realtor at
Long & Foster in Richmond, where she
lives. She recently earned her associate
broker license. ""Alan Schlemmer
'82BS/B is manager of the Environmental
Claims division at Liberty Mutual Insurance
Group in Dover, NH. Richard Schoen
'83MS/B is vice president of First Horizon
Construction Lending. Bonosree Sen
'87C/B is a senior research analyst at
Virginia State University in Petersburg, VA.
She lives in Colonial Heights, VA. Brenda
Seymore-Mitchell '84BGS/B is CEO of The
Event Planner in Cheltenham, MD where
she lives. GregSiegrist'81MBAisa con-
troller at SoftMed Systems, Inc. Richard
Sikon '83BS/H&S is a program head at
John Tyler Community College in Chester,
VA. He lives Richmond. *Dorothy Smith
'88BS/B is a systems analyst for Norfolk
Public Schools in Norfolk, VA. She lives in
Virginia Beach. *Richard Smith Jr
'86BS/B is senior vice president of the
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American Cancer Society in Pewaukee, Wl.
He lives in Franldin, Wl. Margaret
Smither '89MBA is an attorney and past
chair of Commonwealtii Catholic Charities
in Richmond. Michael Stephens
'80BS/H&S is senior vice president of
Atlantic Realty, Inc. in Kitty Hawk, NC.
*Jennifer Sweeney '80BS/E is a teacher at
Swift Creek Middle School in Midlothian,
VA, where she lives. *Vicki TambeMini
'82BS/B is CEO and president of Synergy3,
LLC in Richmond. Al Thacker '83BS/B is
vice president/audit manager of Land
America Financial Group in Richmond.
Troy Thomas '86BS/MC is founder and
president of Inertia Films. His company
recently produced a television series titled
Testimony: Profiles in fa/f/ithat was shown
on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He
lives in Atlanta. Greg Turner '88BS/MC is
a senior convention coordinator with Visual
Aids Electronics in Richmond. Victoria
Virvos '75BS/E '81MEd is an educational
consultant at Enlightening Enterprises, Inc.
in Richmond, where she lives. Tracey
Welborn '89BM sang the lead tenor role of
Gabriel von Eisenstein in Virginia Opera's
Die Fledermaus in 2003. He lives in
Richmond with his wife Cathy and their two
sons. Edith White '79BS '83MS/MC is
president/CEO of Urban League of Hampton
Roads, Inc. in Norfolk, VA. She lives in
Hampton, VA. *Eric Whittleton
'84BS/H&S '86C/B is executive vice presi-
dent and COO of Information Systems
Support, Inc. Jeffrey Woodson '83MPA is
vice president of the San Diego County
Regional Airport Authority in San Diego,
where he lives. Thomas Wynkoop Jr
'77BFA is a news photographer at ABC
Channel 2 in Baltimore. Frances Wynn
'82BSWis a probation/parole officer for the
Virginia Department of Corrections in
Alexandria, VA where she lives. ""Julian
Young Jr '86BS/B is newly elected chair of
the Better Business Bureau serving Central
Virginia. He is assistant vice president of
Finance forVVWBTNBC-12 in Richmond. *
Karen Zaorski '82MSW is a clinical social
worker at the State Department of Mental
Health & Addiction Services in Waterbury,
CT. She lives in Wolcott, CT with her
husband, Charles Zaorski '82BS/H&S, and
their children Ray and Andrew. Charles
Zavolta'81BS/E is technical recruiter for
the Richmond area for Princeton
Information. He lives in Herndon, VA.
Lynne (Acker) Ainge '94BS/H&S is vice
president at Dresdner Kleinwort
Wasserstein in NYC. She lives in Dobbs
Ferry, NY. John Allen '98MBA is director
of Dealer Management for GE Equipment
Management. He received the Summit Club
award for the second year in a row and is
president-elect of the Barrington Breakfast
Rotary Club. He lives in Barrington, IL C.
Ray Archer '95MS '97PhD/H&S is assistant
professor of psychology at Midway College
in Midway, KY where he lives with his wife
Colby Archer '94MS '98PhD/H&S, and their
daughter Jessalin. Colby is a counseling
psychologist atthe University of Kentucky.
Don Armstrong '92BM teaches chorus at
Garfield High School in Woodbridge, VA. He
is also director of music for North Bethesda
United Methodist Church in Bethesda, MD.
Elias ArvanitJs '96BS/MC '99MIS/H&S is
an account executive at Foote Cone &
Belding in Athens, Greece. Clifford Athey
Jr '90BA/H&S was recently named to the
Virginia Community College System's Hall of
Fame. In 2002 he was elected to represent
the 18th District in the Virginia House of
Delegates. *Charles Aulino '98BS/B is
commissioned examiner of the Banking
Supervision & Regulation division atthe
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
Blake Baber '99BS/B is a real estate
appraiserwiththe County of Henrico
Department of Finance in Richmond.
David Bachman '96BS/MC works for The
Washington Posf Advertising Department.
Tom Bailey '91 BM is coordinator for
Examinations and Competitions for the
American Guild of Organists in Manhattan.
Jennifer (Castle) Balut'91BS/MC '97MT
married Christopher Balut on July 6, 2002.
They live in Richmond. Jennifer Baptista-
Moore '90BA/H&S is an internal account
manager at Saxon Mortgage in Glen Allen,
VA. She lives in Richmond. William
Barnard Jr '92BS/B married Jessica
Applegate on April 26, 2003. He works for
Technology Partners. They live in
Richmond. Jennifer (DiNunzio) Barnes
'99MSW married John Barnes Jr on July 5,
2003. Tracey Batt '92MA is an associate
at V\/eil, Gotsal & Manges LLP in NYC. She
recently received the 2003 VLA Outstanding
Volunteer Service Award, presented
annually by Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
to attorneys for exceptional support of low-
income artists and nonprofit arts organiza-
tions in pro bono services. Anthony
Bausone '92MEd '99C/B is a senior systems
administrator at Circuit City Stores, Inc in
Richmond, where he lives. Sonda Beale
'91BSW is a social worker for Bath County
Department of Social Services in Warm
Springs, VA. She received her 10-year cer-
tificate and pin from the VA Department of
Social Services in 2002. She lives in Hot
Springs, VA. Paula Bennett '90BFA
teaches art at Poquoson High School in
Poquoson, VA, where she lives. Cathy
Berberian-Strandes '94BS/H&S is a super-
vising social worker at YCS-May Academy
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NOV. 21 FRI. lONA
NOV. 25 TUE. WESTERN KENTUCKY
Nov. 29 Sat. at Hampton
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DEC. 15 MON. NORTH CAROLINA A&T
DEC. 18 THU. UAB
Dec. 22 Mon. at La Salle
Dec. 29 Mon. at Georgia Tech
JAN. 2 FRI. MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
Jan. 5 Mon. *at Hofstra
JAN. 7 WED. 'DELAWARE
Jan. 10 Sat. *at James Madison
Jan. 14 Wed. *at UNC Wilmington
JAN. 17 SAT. *GEORGE MASON
Jan. 21 Wed. *at Old Dominion
Jan. 24 Sat. *at Drexel
JAN. 28 WED. *TOWSON
JAN. 31 SAT. *HOFSTRA
FEB. 4 WED. *DREXEL
FEB. 7 SAT. *UNC WILMINGTON
Feb. 11 Wed. *at George Mason
Feb. 14 Sat. *at Towson /
FEB. 18 WED. * J AMES MADISON
FEB. 21 SAT. *OLD DOMINION
Feb. 25 Wed. *at Delaware
Feb. 28 Sat. *at William & Mary
Mar. 5-8 Fri.-Mon. CAA Tournament (at Richmond Coliseum)
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in Jersey City, NJ, where she lives. Ann
(King) Berkman '94BA/H&S '94MT married
Thomas Berkman on July 26, 2003. She
works at the Spence School in New York
where they live. Yolanda Bishop
'94BS/1V1C is director of Live Event Sales at
Clear Channel Communications. She lives in
Rockville, MD. Foye Dashiell (Bobbitt)
'93BFA is a maitre'd on the NBC reality
show The RestaurantiRocco's On 22nd).
She's an actress and costume designer
with Cobblestone Productions, Inc. She
lives in Long Island City, NY. *Gary Boice
'95BS/B is president of Integra Technology
of VA in Powhatan, VA, where he lives.
Steve Bolos '99BM is a musician Second
Class in the US Navy. Michele Bolos
'90BS/B is owner of NT Concepts in Fairfax,
VA. Annette Bond '98BGS/H&S is an
instructor of Family and Consumer Science
for Henrico County Schools in Richmond,
where she lives. Anthony Briatico
'92BS/B owns GLASS in NYC, where he
lives. *Kristat Briggs '92BS/B is vice
president of Investment Banking at
Anderson & Strudwick in Richmond. She
lives in Glen Allen, VA. Mary (Wikstrom)
Broaddus'73BFA'91BFA married David
Broaddus on June 28, 2003. She is teaches
art at Dinwiddie Middle School. They live in
Mechanicsville, VA. Nicole Brooks
'98BFA teaches art for Hampton City
Schools in Hampton, VA. She lives in
Newport News, VA. Tracy Brewer
'93BA/H&S is program director at The Good
Samaritan Foundation in Washington, DC.
She lives in Hyattsville, MD. Lynn Brown
'97BA/H&S is a computer operations tech
for Perry Library at Old Dominion University
in Norfolk, VA. She lives in Virginia Beach.
Elisha Bruggemann '93BS/MC married L
Scott Bruggemann on June 2, 2002. They
live in Remington, VA. Matthew Burns
'97BM made his Carnegie Hall debut April 6,
2003 in Antony and Cleopatra. Hudson
Byrd III '91BS/B is a financial management
analyst for the US Department of State in
Washington. He lives in Woodbridge, VA.
Hollie (Scott) Cammarasana '99BS/MC
married Michael Cammarasana on May 3,
2003. Dawn Carlton '94BA/H&S is an
attorney for Sinnot, Nuckols, & Logan, P.C.
in Midlothian, VA. Sherry (Knapp) Carr
'93BS/MC marned H. Stuart Carr on May 11,
2002. They live in Mechanicsville, VA.
Paula Carrigan '90BS/H&S is a neurophysi-
ology lab supervisor at University of
Maryland Medical Systems in Baltimore.
She lives in Annapolis. John Carter
'93BA/H&S is owner of J.M. Carter
Company in Roanoke, VA. Jaehn
Charlton '91BS/B is a multimedia specialist
at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in
Washington, DC, where he lives. James
Clague'94BS/B is senior financial analyst
at Freddie Mac. He lives in La Plata, MD. •
Janet Clement '91 BS/B is organization
development manager atthe United States
Mint in Washington, DC. She lives in
Herndon,VA. Larry CluffJr '91 BS/B is
president of LawsonJobs.com and the
director of business development for RPI. ■
Sean Coleman '92BS/MC is an attorney in
the Office of the Public Defender in
Baltimore. Lisa (Shaver) Collier
'95BS/H&S teaches at Fluvanna Middle
School. She lives in Palmyra, VA. Heather
Comer '93BA/H&S '93MT is department
chair of English at Open Campus High
School in Virginia Beach, where she lives.
Reginald Davenport '92BS/H&S '94MT/E is
assistant principal of J.R. Tucker High
School for Henrico County Schools.
*Brian Davis '92BS/H&S is a planning,
programs and services supervisor at
Virginia Employment Commission in
Richmond, where he lives. Katherine Day
'99C/B is a project manager at Capital One
in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in Richmond.
Chunying Deane '92BS '99C/B is a business
analyst at K Line America, Inc. in Richmond,
where she lives. Tamara Debreaux
'91 BS/B is a clinical data assistant in
Clinical Research at Duke University.
Francis Decker '98MA/H&S teaches
English at Trinity Episcopal School and is
Book Editor for Style Weeklyin Richmond,
where he lives. Kim Dessenberger
'96BFA is a sales manager at Holiday Inn in
Richmond. Britt Drewes '98BS/MC is a
communications directorfor the American
Heart Association in Glen Allen, VA. She
lives in Richmond. Teresa (Zandy) Drum
'99BS/E married Eric Drum on May 31, 2003.
She is a health educator. They live in
Hickory, NC. Patti Duffy '99BS/H&S
'99MT teaches at Prince William County
Schools in Woodbridge, VA. She lives in
Fredericksburg, VA. Beverly EIrod
'91BS/B is a large-format print manager at
Graphics Gallery in Glen Allen, VA, where
she lives. Robert Erdman '94BS/H&S
married Heidi Powell on November 3, 2002.
They live in Richmond. Troy Etter '99BM
works in administration at Mannes College
of Music in NYC. Allison Faust
'98BS/H&S is an attorney for Magill &
Atkinson, LLP in Atlanta. *Dante
Fratarcangelo '93MBA is a property
manager at Circuit City Stores Inc. in
Richmond, where he lives. SandeFulk
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'96MS/MC is director of public relations and
marketing at Autorent in Chester, VA. She
recently received Inside Business
magazine's Top 40 Under 40 Award.
Freddie Fuller '93BS/H&S is assistant
director of the National Transit Institute in
New Brunswick, NJ. He lives in
Piscataway, NJ. Deirdre Gabriel '90BA is
assistant director of Individual Giving for
PBS in Alexandria, VA, where she lives.
David Gallagher '97BS/B is a partner at
Dominion Payroll Services in Richmond.
Katherine (Mazur) Gallagher '95BA/H&S
married Garry Gallagher on May 17, 2003.
She is vice president of Client Relations at
Physio Tech, Inc. They live in Richmond.
Pamela (Nameth) Gamlin '98BS/B married
Bradley Gamlin on May 17, 2003.
Elizabeth Gentry '98BS/H&S is a children's
specialist at Scottsville Library in
Scottsville, VA. She lives in Goochland, VA.
Sarah Gerringer '94BGS/H&S is
managing editor at the American Society of
Association Executives in Washington, DC.
She lives in Arlington, VA. *Lance
Giddens '91BA/H&S is a U.S. Army
Accessions Command liasion officer in
Washington, DC. He lives in Dumfries, VA.
Thomas Glickman '92BS/MC is managing
supervisor at Fleishman-Hillard
International Communications in Kansas
City, MO. He lives in Overland Park, KS.
Rob Gonzalez '96BFA is a web designer at
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
in NYC. He lives in Brooklyn. Michelle
Grabow '92MEd is a pharmaceutical sale
representative for Abbott Labs in Florence,
SC, where she lives. Anthony Gray
'96MPA/H&S is a procurement technician
in the Business Office Division of the
Defense Supply Center in Richmond. Erin
Greene '97BS/B is president of
RootSquared in Richmond, where she lives.
Timothy Griles '98BS/B married Leslie
Goodman on May 31, 2003. They live in
Richmond. James Grymes '95BM is
assistant professor of musicology at the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
""John Gusler '96BS/H&S is a planner for
the City of Roanoke, where he lives.
*Jeanne Guthrie '93MS/MC is senior
project manager at Global IT Associates in
Atlanta. She lives in Marietta, GA. Gage
Harter '96BS/MC is a writer and producer
for PBS. His book, 7776 Mercury Agenda,
was released in February 2003. Robert
Hartman '93BS/B is branch manager for
United Air Temp. Tanya Harris '90BS/B is
an assistant controller at Stater Brothers
Markets in Colton, CA. She lives in Mira
Loma, CA. DeTrease Harrison '96MBA is
assistant athletic director at VCU. *Brian
Hicks '93BS/B married Cecily Rhodes on
June 6, 2003. They live in Midlothian, VA.
Brian Hillard '95BS/E married Anne Grymes
on June 28, 2003. They live in Los Angeles.
^Christopher Hite '^BM is a tuba player
inthe 10th Mountain Division Band for the
US Army. He lives in Fort Drum, NY.
*Tonya Holeman '94BS '97C/B is an
accountant at ERNI Components in
Richmond. Jo Hoots '87BFA '99MS/1VIC is
a program specialist for the Metropolitan
Police Department in Washington, D.C.
David Hopkins '92BM is the production
manager at L W. Lantz Enterprises, Inc.
Dawn Hudson-Thomas '93BM teaches
band/orchestra for Danville Public Schools
in Danville, VA. Bekah Hughes '95BM is a
solo artist for the Williamsburg Choral Guild,
the Richmond Choral Society and Hampden
Sydney Men's Glee Club. William
Humphrey '96MA/B is an assistant profes-
sor at Cal State University-San Marcos. He
lives in San Diego. Rebecca (Harding)
Ingram '96BS/H&S married Steven Ingram
on June 1, 2002. They live in Spring Grove,
VA. Gary lnman'93MA of Gary Inman
Interiors designed a bedroom and a mini-
gallery for the National Symphony
Orchestra Decorators' Show House 2003 in
Washington. John Isquith '95BS/B is an
E-business consultant at Fannie Mae in
Washington, DC. *Julie (Jones) Johnson
'96BFA married Andrew Johnson '94MS/E
on May 31, 2003. She teaches art and he is
a computer consultant. They live in
Richmond. W. Tedrick Johnson '93BS/B
is CEO of the Women's Physical Group.
Eric Jones '99MEd is principal of Varina
High School in Henrico County. He lives in
Mechanicsville, VA. Suzanne (Thornton)
Jones '89BS '93MS/H&S '97PhD/M married
William Jones on May 17, 2003. She works
for the FDA. They live in Montgomery
Village, MD. ''Aimee Kessler '96BA/H&S
married Andrew Kessler on October 20,
2002. They live in Arlington, VA. Eunice
Kim '99BFA owns Eunice's Pianos in
Richmond. Carlena Kirkpatrick '97BSW
'98MSW is an outpatient therapist at Valley
Child Guidance Clinic in Lancaster, CA,
where she lives. Kevin Kern '93BS/P is a
pharmacist for K-Mart Corporation in
executive director of the Las Vegas
Philharmonic. Jennifer Krohn '93BS/H&S
is an athletic trainer/instructor at Mohawk
Valley Community College in Utica, NY. She
lives in Frankfort, NY. Robert Lamb III
'99BS/B married Karen King on June 28,
2003. They live in Glen Allen, VA. Tamara
Langebeck '90BS/H&S '94DDS is presi-
dent/owner of Tamara D. Langebeck, DDS
in Galax, VA. She lives in Max Meadows,
VA. Jamie Lee '99BA/H&S is a media
buyer at Circuit City Stores, Inc. in
Richmond. She lives in Chester, VA. Trina
Lee '92BS/MC is a public relations manager
for the Virginia Department of Health.
Karen Levy '96BS/KIC is a print coordinator
at Imagex in Kirkland, WA. She lives in
Seattle. Felicia Lewis '96BS/B is an
administrative assistant at Divaris Real
Estate, Inc. in Richmond, where she lives.
*Linda Leykamp '91BS/B is a financial spe-
cialist at First Union National Bank in
Mechanicsville, VA, where she lives.
Enough of pla — by-pl — y coverage. Say good-bye to
bad reception. VCU Rams broadcasts have moved to
WBBT-107.3 FM. "We're making a significant com-
mitment to enhance our local exposure," says VCU
Athletic Director Dick Sander. "This is a major step."
Elana Lippa '98BA is a planned giving
officer in the Development Office of the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
Keith Lisenbee '93BS/H&S '95MSW is a
clinical and forensic social worker at
Botetourt Counseling Center in Blue Ridge,
VA. He lives in Roanoke, VA. Alan Long
'92BS/B is president of ABC Staffing in
Fredericksburg, VA. Kelly (Sullivan)
Lutton '93BFA married Robert Lutton on
April 26, 2003. She is an art director at
Ciiildren's Wear Digest. They live in
Richmond. Amy (Hamilton) MacDougall
'99BA/H&S married Gregory MacDougall
on July 26, 2003. She teaches special edu-
cation at Aiken Public School. They live in
Aiken, SC. Miriam Madden '87BA
'94MA/H&S is a reference librarian at the
Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
She lives in Lilburn, GA. Kimbelry Maines
'98MS/MC is a freelance copywriter living
in Wilmington, NC. *Melinda Manzi
'95BS/B is human resource manager in the
Southeast Division at K. Hovnanian
Companies in Greensboro, NC. J. Reedy
Marsicano'91MBAisvice president for
DEL REY Systems & Technology, Inc.
Cade Martin '90BGS/H&S and his wife
Malvina welcomed their son, Finn
Anderson Martin on May 14th, 2003.They
live in Washington, DC, home base for Cade
Martin Photography, doing worldwide
location photography for advertising, cor-
porate and editorial clients like Bank of
America, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Tobacco
Free Kids and United Airlines.
Christopher Martin '92BM is director of
music and organist at Grace Covenant
Presbyterian Church in Richmond. Harold
Martin Jr '83PC/B '91 MBA is the principal-
in-charge of the Business Valuation and
Litigation Services Group at Keither,
Stephens, Hurst, Gary & Shreaves, P.C. in
Richmond. Eric Marwitz '90BS/H&S
married Bobbi-Jo Hilliard on April 26, 2003.
He works at Philip Morris USA. They live in
Midlothian, VA. *Lisa Mathias '93MSW is
a staff attorney for Legal Aid Bureau Inc. in
Baltimore, where she lives. Susan
Matthews '99BS/B is a systems developer
at HCA Healthcare in Richmond, where she
lives. Edward Maynes Jr '9gBA/H&S
married Beth Roberts on May 10, 2003. They
live in Richmond. Robert Milesnick
'99BA/H&S is an associate at Prindle,
Decker & Amaro in San Francisco, where
FALL 33 2003
he lives. Amy Miller '92BS/H&S is lead
vocational counselor atthe Department of
Rehabilitative Services in Chesterfield, VA.
Anne Miller '90BS/B '98MBA is an asso-
ciate project manager with Virginia
Economic Development in Richmond,
where she lives. Max Miller '92BS/MC is
director of operations for the Metro Office
in Dallas. Jean Moore '94MURP/H&S is a
planner for Henrico County. She lives in
Richmond. Cheryl (Lotz) Murray '92BS/B
married Glenn Murray on March 15, 2003.
They live in Richmond. William Myers
'86BS '93MS/B is president of Business
Pathfinders, Inc. and owner of Rivah Bistro,
both in Richmond where he lives.
Matthew Neale Esq '99BFA is an attorney
at Ryan Marks Johnson & Todd in Las
Vegas, NV, where he lives. Robert
Nelson '93BS/B is a senior account execu-
tive at Cable & Wireless in Chicago. He
lives in Lemont, IL *Karen Newsome
'90BS '91BS/B is a systems analyst at
Anthem in Richmond. She lives in
Midlothian, VA. Charles Parker
'95BA/H&S married Elizabeth Harmon on
April 26, 2003. He works for Costco
Wholesale Corporation. They live in Glen
Allen, VA. *Jeanne Partridge '94BFA is a
space managerforthe Department of
Defense in Arlington, VA. She lives in
Alexandria, VA. *Sudeshkumari
Pathmarajah '96BA/H&S '96MT teaches
kindergarten at Singapore American
School in Singapore, where she lives.
Chris Pellegrino '95MPA/H&S is associate
director for Training and Development at
APSE in Richmond. He lives in
Mechanicsville, VA. Suzanne Pender
'90BFA is a public affairs specialist atthe
Natural Resources Conservation Service in
Washington, DC. She lives in Alexandria,
VA. Elizabeth Penn '97MEd is a guidance
counselor for Roanoke City Schools in
Roanoke where she lives. Marcia Penn
'72BS/SW '87MPA/H&S '91 PhD/E was
named one of Richmond YWCA's 10
Outstanding Women of 2003. She was the
first director of Virginia's Office of
Volunteerism and Office of Prevention,
Information and Training. She is on the
Boards of the Fan Free Clinic and the
Autism Center of Virginia. Dawn Poulos
'94BFAteachesartin Henrico County
Schools. She lives in Glen Allen, VA.
*Jacquelyn Price '99BS/B is an analyst for
Circuit City in Richmond. David Prichard
'96PhD/SWis assistant to the president,
associate professor of Social Work, School
of Social VVork director, and Addictions
Counseling Program visiting professor of
psychology atthe University of New
England in Portland, ME, where he lives.
Lisa Puffer '89BFA is a senior associate
with CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc. in
Boston. She has done many corporate
design projects and is working now on the
renovation of Boston's Museum of Fine
Arts. She lives in Chemsford, MA.
*Adrienne Quarles-Smith '93BS/H&S
'97MEd lives in Richmond teaches special
education in Richmond Public Schools.
""Sheri Reynolds '92MFA/H&S, author of
Bitteroot Landing, The Rapture of Canaan,
and A Gracious Plenty, received the Mary
Frances Hobson Prize for Distinguished
Achievement in Arts and Letters in ApriL
2003. She holds the Ruth and Perry Morgan
Chair of Southern Literature at Old
Dominion University and recently received
an Outstanding Faulty Award from the State
Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
Dexter Richardson '98BS/H&S married
Crystal Wilson on July 19, 2003. He is a pro-
bation officer with the US Probation Office.
They live in Chesterfield County, VA.
*Thea Robinson '92BS/E is an athletic
trainer at Clear Creek High School in
League City, TX. She lives in Clear Lake
Shores, TX. Patrick Robbins '90BFA
owns Son of Earth, Ltd. studios in Hampton,
VA, where he lives. Jeff Samford '90BS/B
is vice president of operations at Collegiate
Funding Services in Fredericksburg, VA.
Matthias Schmitt '98MBA/B is vice presi-
dent of Westmoreland Capital
Management, LLC in Richmond. Thomas
Sheets '95BS/B is vice president of
Wachovia Securities, Inc. William
Sheffey '90BS/B is a senior equity trade and
vice president of Commerce Bank in
Kansas City, where he lives. Randolph
Shelton '92MBA is COO and executive vice
president of Consolidated Bank & Trust.
Tacy (Norris) Slater '97MEd married
George Slater on June 28, 2003. They live in
Richmond. Robert Smelik '97BFA married
Carole Myers on April 5, 2003. They live in
Springfield, VA. Virginia Smith '96BFA is
an illustrator for Ukrop's Super Market, Inc.
in Richmond where she lives. Anne
Thomas Soffee's '95MFA/H&S memoir,
Snalis Hips: Belly Dancing and How /
Found True Love, has been optioned for a
movie by United Artists. *Kasturi
Srinivasan '92PhD/H&S is an applied
research engineer specialist at Lexmark in
Longmont, CO, where he lives. Phaedra
Staton '94BS/H&S is an executive assistant
at The Boeing Company in Arlington, VA.
She lives in Alexandria, VA. Rashan
Stephens '96BS/H&S is a manager of
Component Production for Virginia Blood
Services in Richmond where he lives.
Jacqueline Taylor '8eBS'98BS/B is a
manager at Northrop Grumman Corporation
in Arlington, VA. Jonathan Terry '96BS/E
is a pharmaceutical sales representative
for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Midlothian,
VA, where he lives. John Thomas
'97BS/H&S is a consultant at IPC
Technologies in Richmond. Pascale
(Pepin) Thomas '97BS/B '99MBA married
John Thomas Jr '97BS/H&S on April 26,
2003. Lauri (Rochelle) Thompson '99BFA
married Elijah Thompson on May 31, 2003.
They live in Richmond. SuThongpan
'97BS/B is a business consultant in
Richmond where she lives. TobyTolson
'95BS/MC married Shea Mertens on April
12, 2003. They live in Campbell, VA.
*Joseph Topich V '95BS '96C/B and his wife
Heather celebrated the birth of their son,
Zachary Joseph, on December 30, 2002.
Alice Toth '94BFA is a Ul architect at Digital
River, Inc. in Chicago, where she lives.
Cheryle Toy '98BS/B is a manager at CCA
Industries Inc. in Richmond. She lives in
Chesterfield, VA. Vijay Vatsalya '94BS/B
owns Perfect Plants in Marietta, GA, where
he lives. JamesWambach'91BS/Bisan
insurance sales agent with American
General in Richmond. Hope Washington
'99BFA is a production artist at Graphic Arts
in Manhattan Beach, CA. She lives in Palos
Verdes Peninsula, CA. Scott White
'92C/B is a senior associate at Harrison &
Bates, Inc in Richmond, where he lives.
Matthew Wieringo '90BFA is a studio artist
at The Martin Agency and lives in
Richmond. Michelle Wilder '90BFA is a
payroll coordinator for Social Services in
Richmond, where she lives. Johnny
Wilkinson '90BS/B is vice president of
Marketing for GTSI Corp. *James
Williams '96MS/H&S lives in Staunton, VA,
whereheischief of police. Michele
Williams '94MA/H&S is an education coor-
dinator at Memorial Behavioral Health in
Gulfport, MS. She lives in Long Beach, MS.
Deborah Wyatt-Smith '97BS/B is a human
resource generalist atthe Virginia
Department of Human Resource
Management in Richmond, where she lives.
Michelle (Kniceley) Young '98BS/H&S is
a teacher at Ghent United Methodist
Preschool in Norfolk, where she lives.
Amanda Almassy '02BS/B is a sales assis-
tant atthe Jefferson Hotel in Richmond,
where she lives. *Cynthia Alston '01C/B
is a respiratory therapist at VCU Health
Systems in Richmond. She lives in Glen
Allen, VA. John Barbee III '02BS/B is an
associate at Keiter, Stephens, et al. He lives
in Richmond. *Nancy Beasley 'OOMS/MC
received the Best in Virginia 2002 Award of
Excellence forfeature writing from the
International Association of Business
Communications/ Richmond Chapter.
"Breakthe Silence," an in-depth look at
domestic violence and sexual assault in
Richmond, appeared in Richmond
Magazine. Laura (Knizatko) Bechntler
'01BS/H&S is an executive assistant in
Public Utilitiesforthe City of Harrisonburg,
VA, where she lives. Mary Bergman
'01 BM had her first child, Hunter James, on
March 3, 2002. Janelle Bitikofer'OIMSW
is a crisis counselor/social worker at Wake
County Mental Health in Durham, NC.
Erik Bleecher'02BS/B married Kara Hall on
July 19, 2003. He is a mortgage consultant
at Capital Center. They live in Richmond.
Joan Boettger 'OOBM teaches voice and
piano at Gary Music School in Cary, NC.
SHAFER COURT 34 CONNECTIONS
m mmk i iiffli
BY LEA MARSHALL
In the manuscript of his memoirs, From
Afghanistan with Entlnisiasm, Dr.
Shahwali Arezo '90BS/H&S writes that
"many things change in our lifetime.
Sometimes we have lots of control over
these changes, and sometimes we have
absolutely none over what happens to
us." He would know. Arezo and his family
came to the U.S. as refugees from
Afghanistan in the fall of 1984.
Arezo's father, a former army officer,
was arrested by the Communists for
planning to destroy their government.
"I never saw so many officers and soldiers
equipped with Russian AK-47s— 200-300.
After that night we never saw my
Friends, relatives, and complete
strangers helped smuggle the family out
of Afghanistan into Pakistan, and then to
India, where they waited two years to go
to the United States. It was raining the
day Arezo's family received permission to
immigrate from the U.S. Embassy. "I
remember dancing in the rain for a long
time to celebrate this great news." The
Arezos came to Richmond to stay with
family and try to build a life. They had no
money and spoke very little English.
Shahwali Arezo had dreamed of
becoming a doctor since he was fourteen.
When his mother was sick with a gall-
bladder infection, the sarcastic response
she and her family received from
"ignorant" Afghani doctors angered and
saddened her son. He sat in her hospital
room and thought, "Oh God, I will be a
very gentle and caring doctor if I ever
make it that far."
In the U.S., instead of going to high
school, Arezo and his brother ranged the
city searching for work to support the
family. Arezo found a bicycle on a junk
pile, walked it 20 miles home, and fixed
it. For months the bike was his main
From their first job from hell with a
moving company, the kitchen at Grace
Place restaurant was a relief. Arezo's boss
Michael King was impressed; "I have
never seen anyone taking such pride in
washing dishes." In a sense, Grace Place
was where Arezo was
first recmited for VCU,
since most of the staff
was VCU students.
Arezo had a foreign
exchange study with
King, who taught him
English while Arezo told
him about Afghanistan.
Later, Arezo painted
houses and cooked his
way through thousands
of fries at several McDonald's, where one
boss urged him to go to the company's
Hamburger College — not the college he
had in mind. ("I still enjoy a Big Mac," he
says, "but not as much, after finding out
how bad it is for you.")
When a McDonald's co-worker told
him about the high school equivalency
degree (G.E.D.) and college financial aid,
it was a revelation. "All of a sudden I felt
I had a chance to go to college one day."
Soon, G.E.D. in hand, Arezo started J.
Sargeant Reynolds Community College.
"I could hardly understand the lectures
because the teachers were speaking so
rapidly — or I thought they were." But
they were also kind, and "I was very
happy just to be there." After a year and a
half of working nights as a security guard
and going to school, Arezo tiansfened to
VCU to study chemistry, "a little closer to
becoming a doctor."
Arezo writes, "It was difficult getting
used to the university. The classes were
much larger, and the teachers did not
know the students because there were
so many." Fortunately, Arezo's pre-med
advisor Dr. Art Seidenberg "pointed me
in the right direction at the right time.
I also have a great deal of respect for
Dr. Robert Bass, Dr. Raphael Ottenbrite,
and Dr. Rosecrans."
VCU pharmacologist Dr. John
Rosecrans gave his lab assistant top evalu-
ations and invaluable encouragement.
"Arezo was one of the best research assis-
tants who worked in our laboratory,"
remembers Rosecrans. "He was extiemely
conscientious and hard working, and
took this research very seriously. He has
a very pleasant personality and was liked
by everyone." Seidenberg says simply,
The Brothers Arezo. Rati, Mirwali, Fahim, and Adam
with Shahwali at his medical school graduation in 1995.
"I think Wall is the sweetest person I've
Arezo and his family were thrilled at
his graduation from VCU, but "I knew in
my heart it was only the beginning of my
long educational joumey." He earned his
MD at Eastern Virginia Medical School in
1995 and returned to VCU Health System
for a residency in internal medicine,
1996-98. Now a gastioenterologist in
private practice in Virginia Beach, "Dr.
Wall" is loved by patients and staff. "It's
better than I had ever envisioned my life
twenty years ago."
Arezo thinks often about Afghanistan.
"I prayed every day that one day we
would have peace and stability so we
could live like normal human beings
again." U.S. intervention was necessary,
he says. "We needed some superpower to
help us. The country was desttoyed." He
adds, "Without peace, you can't have
anything else." As soon as his country is
stable, Arezo will visit and volunteer
annually, to teach medicine.
Arezo has responded to tiemendous
changes in his life with an amazing lack
of bitterness. He answered instead with
determination, perseverance, and great
gratitude and generosity of spirit. Who
could argue with the subtitle of his
memoir — Tlw hispiring Tnte Story of
Shahwali Arezo MD?
Lea Marshall is a dancer with Ground
Zero Dance Company (named before
September 11), which includes several
"Jacinta Bottoms '99BS '03MS/B is an
educator with the State of Maryland.
Bruce Boykin '02MBA is general manager
of Eck Enterprises in Richmond. He lives in
Midlothian, VA. Quinn Brandau '02MBA
is a loan officer with Charter One Mortgage
in Glen Allen, VA. *Amy Brann '01BS/B is
a teller at the Virginia Credit Union in
Richmond. Jennifer (Sweeney) Brown
'02BFA married Andrew Brown on May 17,
2003. They live in Glen Allen, VA. John
Burkhardt 'OOMSW is a social worker for
the Foundation for Senior Living in Phoenix.
Helivesinlempe. Noel Burton III
'OOBS/B is a territory sales manager at
Philip Morris and lives in Virginia Beach.
*Jake Canova 'OOMBA is president and
CEOofPerformax in Baltimore. Kyung
Chang '03BS/B is an assistant examiner at
the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond.
John Christopher '75BS/IVIC 'OOMBA is
president of Kilduff Oil in Reedville, VA. He
is also director of the Green Virginia Ethanol
Project and recently received a $211,000
USDA development grant to study ethanol
production in VA. *Anthony Clark
'02BS/B is a divisional vice president for
AXA Advisors in Richmond. Rachel Clark
'02BFA is assistant project manager at
Hayes, Seay, Mattern & Mattern in Virginia
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Beach, where she lives. Daniel Clarke
'01BM is the founder of Modem Groove
Syndicate, a groove-jazz band. *Michelle
(Ellis) Conklin '99BS/H&S '03MD married
*Robert Conklin '99C/IV1'03IV!D on May 25,
2003. They live in Roanoke, VA. Catherine
Cooke 'OOBS/WIC is a media technician for
Chesterfield County Public Schools in VA.
*Dewey Corriher II '02BS/B is a property
manager at Gumenick Properties in
Richmond, where he lives. *Jason
Cowan '02BS/B is a real estate appraiser
for Hanover County, VA. Shaudnra
Crenshaw 'OOBS/H&S is a correctional
Deputy at Henrico County Sheriff's Office
and lives in Richmond. Heidi Criser
'01BS/B is a programmer in the Chemistry
Department atthe University of Virginia.
She lives in Palmyra, VA. David Crites
'92BA/H&S'92MT00C/B is a telephone spe-
cialist at Capital One in Glen Allen, VA. He
lives in Colonial Heights, VA. ""Cynthia
Crocker '02BS/B is a financial analyst at
AMF Bowling Worldwide in
Mechanicsville, VA. She lives in Midlothian,
VA. Stacey(Lyne) Daub '03MT/E married
Kevin Daub on June 28, 2003. They live in
Richmond. Christine Desantis '01BM
teaches music and English in 14 schools in
Tomioka, Japan. *Kerrie DiStanIo
'02MA/B is an analyst at FreeMarkets, Inc.
in Pittsburgh, where she lives. Susan
Dryden 'OIBS/MC is a money order
services administrator for Fas Mart
Convenience Stores and lives in Richmond.
Sara (Meli) Dudkin '02BS/MC married
Emmanuel Dudkin on April 26, 2003. She
works for the Todd Organization. They live
in Richmond. Andy Earp'OOBM is band
director at Manor Middle School and assis-
tant director at Manor High School in
Manor, TX. Christian (Muldoon) Edwards
'02BA/H&S married Frederick Edwards on
June 28, 2003. She teaches at Caroline
Middle School. They live in Mechanicsville,
VA. Eric Edwards '02BS/H&S married
Autum Primm on June 7, 2003. They live in
Richmond. Vernita Elliott '92BS/H&S
'OOMSW is a director of Field Instruction at
Virginia Union University in Richmond. She
lives in Suffolk, VA. Jeffrey Feighner
'02BS/H&S is an asset protection associate
at Sears in Glen Allen, VA. He lives in
Richmond. John Fisher '02BA is a mer-
chandising assistant at Polo Ralph Lauren
in Lyndhurst, NJ. and lives in Jersey City.
Amy Fitzgerald 'OOMSW and her husband
Preston celebrated the birth of twins Caitlyn
and Conner on January 17, 2003. She is a
project manager at Catholic Charities USA
in Alexandria, VA. They live in Chantilly, VA.
*Shelia Fitzgerald '02BS/B is a program
support technician for the Virginia
Department of Health and lives in
Richmond. Phil Flickinger '02MS/MC is a
junior account planner at Cliff Freeman in
NYC. Guillermo Flores 'OOBS/B is a
claims adjuster at Prudential Insurance
Company in Richmond. He lives in Glen
Allen, VA. Amanda Flournoy '02BM is
director of bands at Lunenburg Middle
School and Central High School in Victoria,
VA. *Kristina Friedman '02BS/B is a
paralegal at Citigroup in NYC. She lives in
Farmingdale, NY. Kristina (Kelley)
Fulcher'OIBS/H&S married Paul Fulcher on
May 3, 2003. They live in Sandston, FL
Tarulatta Garala '99BS/H&S OOC/B is an
applications developer at Maximus in
Reston, VA. She lives in Sterling, VA.
Farrah Graham OIC/H&S '02MPA is an
arbitrage analyst at Evergreen Investment
Management and lives in Richmond.
June Grant 'OIBS/WIC is the promotions
coordinator for Radio One in Richmond,
where she lives. ""Lynda Guthmann
'02BS/B is a portfolio assistant at Rowland
& Company Investment Counsel in Atlanta.
Hailey Hamlin '03MSW is a mental health
case manager in Ashland, VA. She lives in
Mechanicsville, VA. Courtney (Briggs)
Hampton '02MT married Brian Hampton on
July 26, 2003. They live in Falls Church, VA.
*Leslie Hardesty '01BS/B is an account-
ing specialist at Infineon Technologies in
Sandston, VA. She is a senior consultant
with Southern Living at Home magazine.
She lives in Richmond. Pete Hatcher
'OIBS/MC owns R.A.R.E Fitness, a fitness
consulting firm. Michael Hartsfield
'02MBA married Christina Palczynski on
May 17, 2003. He is a manager at
Walgreens. They live in Richmond. Buffy
Harwood 'OOBS/B is vice president of the
Correspondent Client Group division at
Wachovia Securities in Richmond. Ralph
Hayer '02C/B is a tax preparer at Jackson
Hewitt Tax Services in Richmond, where he
lives. Pamela Hayter '02BS/B is house
manager and administrative assistant atthe
VCU Alumni Association. She lives in
Chester, VA. Erin Helland '02BA/H&S
received VCU's 2003 Nontraditional Studies
Student Achievement Award. She is the
International Programs supervisor at Kings'
Dominion. Allison (Warner) Heyman
OOMSW married *Peter Heyman '93MD on
May 10, 2003. She is a mental health clini-
cian at Hanover County Community
Services Board. He is a pediatrician at Drs.
Overton, Wiley, Kirchmier, Terry and Rowe.
They live in Richmond. Megan Hunt
'01 MT teaches at Bensley Elementary in
Chesterfield, VA. She lives in Richmond.
Kenya (Warren) Jackson '98BS/H&S
'OOMEd married Michael Jackson on June
28, 2003. She works for Henrico County
Schools. They live in Richmond. Steven
Jackson '02BS/B is a financial advisor at
Mass Mutual in Glen Allen, VA. She lives in
Midlothian, VA. Corrie James 'OOBS
'01C/B is a systems specialist at Capital One
Financial Services, Inc. in Richmond. He
lives in Glen Allen, VA. *lgorJekauc
'01BS/H&S '01BS/E is a process engineer at
Infineon Technologies in Sandston, VA. He
lives in Richmond. Nicole Johnson
'02BS/MC is a reporter for the Richmond
Times-Dispatch and lives in Richmond. •
Amber JustJs '01MS/MC is a junior art
director at Ogiivy & Mather VVorldwide in
New York. Danica King 'OOBS/B received
Wachovia Securities' Associate of the Year
award for 2001-02. She is a new accounts
specialist. Jane King 'OOBS/H&S is an
insurance agent at Alliance. She lives in
Wilmington, NC. Marianne Lawrence
'91BS/B 'OlMEd owns Triangle Resource
Group LLC. Rochelle (Orr) Lee 'OOBS/B
married Christopher Lee 'OOBS/B on May
10,2003. Joan (Boettger) LeTourneau
'OOBM married Christopher LeTourneau on
May 17, 2003. They live in Holly Springs, NC.
Michael Lynch '01MA/H&S is a military
personnel policy officer for the US Army in
Heidelberg, Germany. Karen (Wilkins)
Lynne '01BS/H&S '01 MT married John
Lynne '01BFA on November 11, 2002. She
teaches third grade at Linwood Holton
Elementary School and ballet at Encore
Performing Arts Studio. He is a graphic
designer for Ukrop's Supermarkets. They
live in Ashland, VA. Jeffrey Lysak
'OOBS/MC is a representative for Star Hill
Brewery. He lives in Richmond. Shannon
Marshall 'OOBS/MC is a press assistant for
the Office of Governor Mark Warner. She
lives in Richmond. Sarah (Anderson)
Martin '02BA/H&S married Christopher
Martin on June 14, 2003. They live in
Richmond. Timothy Martin '02BS/H&S is a
claims representative at Progressive
Casualty Insurance in Richmond, where he
lives. Brad McGetrick '01 MBA is director
of research atThalhimer Real Estate in
Richmond. Kathleen McLaughlin's
'90BS/H&S '01MFA portfolio of photography
from Maramure, Romania, "Maramures:
The Color of Hay," was featured in
LensWorIi, Dec.2002/Jan.2003. Jessamyn
Miller '01BIS/H&S received the 2002 NTS
Achievement Award and the 2002
Interdisciplinary Studies Outstanding
Graduating Senior Award. She is in the
Peace Corps in West Africa. Rachel
Moody '02BS/B is an audit assistant at W.R.
Berkley Mid-Atlantic. Amy (Gantt) Moore
'01BS/H&S '01MT married Richard Moore
on April 12, 2003. They live in
Mechanicsville, VA. Heather
(VanDerhoff) Morrison '03MEd married
Jason Morrison on July 12, 2003. They live
in Richmond. Shelley Moss 'OOBS/H&S
married Bridget Lau on May 31, 2003. ^
Elizabeth Nadolski '98BSW OOMSW lives
in Chicago where she's a social worker at
Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. *Donna
Navarro 'OOBS/B is executive vice president
of Logistics Solutions Group, Inc. in
Hopewell, VA. Nghia Nguyen 'OOMBA is
a senior partner at Aerial Broadband, LLC in
Midlothian, VA. Steve Norfleet 'OOBM
alerts us that The Devil's Workshop big
band has released their first CD, Idle Hands,
recorded live at their standing gig
Mondays, 9 pm at Bogart's in Richmond.
The 17-member group includes alumni
SHAFER COURT 36 CONNECTIONS
Taylor Barnett '02BM, Daniel Clarke 01 BM
and Curtis Fye '02BM; faculty John Winn
'93BM '95MM and Rex Richardson; and
students Tony Forgey, Sam Savage, Toby
Whitaker, Stephan Demetriadis and Mark
Ingraham. Melanie Owes '02BS/H&S is
an air traffic controller for the US Army. She
lives in Virginia Beach. Tadric Page
'01BS/H&S is a special officer at the
Virginia Department of Environmental
Quality. He lives in Locust Grove, VA.
Jennifer Paxton '01BFA is an executive
assistant at Privett Insurance. She lives in
Brooklyn, NY. James Pickral 'OOBA/H&S
is running for Richmond City Council, 4th
District, on November 4, 2003. He's an
intern in the office of VA Del. John
O'Bannon III '73 MD. Tiffany Preston
'02BS/MC is a real estate agent at Long and
Foster in Takoma Park, MD and lives in
Laurel, MD. Michelle Prosise '02BFA is
an administrative assistant at Connoisseur
Travel in Washington, DC. She lives in
Arlington, VA. Christine Reese '02BFA is
a design associate at Lord Daniel
Sportswear in Hileah, FL She lives in
Miami. Julie (Phillips) Richardson
'OOBS/H&S married Michael Richardson on
May 17, 2003. They live in Richmond.
Jeremy Sawyer 'OOBS/B is an accountant
at Williams Overman Pierce in Raleigh, NC,
where he lives. ^Jennifer (Hofler)
Schmidt '02MBA married Raymond
Schmidt on May 31, 2003. They live in
Chesterfield County, VA. Joseph
Sedgwick 'OOMBA is a finance specialist at
Lexmark International, Inc. in Lexington, KY,
where he lives. Emily (Dunham) Serfass
'03BA married Nicholas Serfass on June 28,
2003. They live in Coral Gables, FL.
Jessica Shea 'OOMSW is a clinical social
worker at Emory Hospital in GA. Veronica
Sikka '01BS/H&S '03MHA is a fellowship
coordinator at VCU's Department of Internal
Medicine. She lives in Chester, VA. Elana
Simms 'OOBS/WIC is a copy editor and
Community News Religion editor forthe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel'm Fort
Lauderdale. Harbir Singh 'OOBS/B is a
network systems analyst in the Information
Systems division of Green Park Financial in
Bethesda, MD. Mario Souza '96BS/AH
'OOC/B is a software developer for the
Science Applications International
Corporation in McLean, VA. Glenda
Smalls '02BIS/H&S is an administrative
assistant in the Psychology Department at
VCU. She lives in Richmond. Susan Spain
'93BS '01MS/H&S is a research associate
in the Survey and Evaluating Research
Laboratory at VCU. Wanda Stivers
'GOMS/H&S is a detective forthe
Southampton Sheriff's Office in Courtland,
VA, where she lives. Omar Stwodah
'01BS/MC is a marketing consultant at
IMPAK Marketing in Richmond. Wayne
Tatum '02BS/MC married Louanne Moore
on April 5, 2003. They live in Midlothian, VA.
Angela Taylor '97BA OOMPA/H&S is a
research associate associate in the Survey
and Evaluating Research Laboratory at
VCU. She lives in Beaverdam, VA. Robert
Taylor '02BS/B is a real estate appraiser for
Henrico County. Mary Thomson
'01BS/MC is an assignment editor at NBC
Channel 12 in Richmond, where she lives.
*John Thrift '02BS/B is a data research
analyst at Media General in Richmond,
where he lives. Claire Tiffey '02MS/MC
works at Temerlin McClain in Irving, TX and
lives in Dallas. Christopher Toomey
'OOMBA is a financial analyst in Toronto. He
lives in Pickering, ON. John Topacio
'OOMS/MC works at D'Arcy in Troy, Ml.
Krista Trono '02BS/H&S is a coastal man-
agement intern at the Virginia Department
of Environmental Quality in Richmond,
where she lives. Brittney (Hewitt) Van
Deusen'OIMAE married Mark Van Deusen
on July 26, 2003. They live in Richmond.
Justin Vaughan 'OOBFA is a graphic
designer at Wachovia Securities in
Richmond and lives in Petersburg, VA.
Malcolm Venable 'OOBS/MC is a freelance
writer for music and arts magazines. He
lives in Manhattan. Hal Vincent
'01MS/MC works atTierney/DeGregorio in
Philadelphia. Enon Wade '02BS/En
married Katherine Allen on June 1 5, 2002.
They live in Fishkill, NY. Steven Walker
'OOBS/B is property manager at Thalhimer
in Richmond where he lives. *Tiffany
Walker '02BS/B is an MS call center repre-
sentative at Virginia Credit Union in
Richmond. ^Stephanie Waller
'97BS/H&S '01MS/B is an accountant at
MCA Hospitals in Richmond. She lives in
Highland Springs, VA. *Sameatria
Watkins 'OIBS/B is an auto claims adjuster
at State Farm Insurance in Charlottesville,
VA, where she lives. Dionne Waugh
'02BS/MC works for The Lynchburg News
& Advance as Bedford County and City
reporter. Eric Welp 'OOBS/MC is program
director at Shaw EcoVillage in Washington,
DC, where he lives. Mary (McCorkle)
White '01MHA married John White on May
3, 2003. She works forthe Virginia Academy
of Family Physicians. They live in Richmond.
Kauanza Wilkins '02BA/H&S is a sales
associate at Dillards in Hampton, VA, where
she lives. ^Stephen Wilkowski '02MBA
is market manager of the Industrial
Specialties division for Degussa
Goldschmidt Chemical in Hopewell, VA. He
lives in Richmond. Irene VVilliams
'OOPhD/E is principal of Fairfield Court
Elementary School in Richmond. Tammie
Willis '03MM is a composer, percussionist
and bagpiper. She is the first deaf graduate
of VCU's music program. Tina Willis
'02BS/B is an advertising/fiscal coordinator
forthe VA Department of Transportation
and lives in Richmond. Gina Wooldridge
'01 BM teaches music at Chamberlayne and
Crestview Elementary Schools in
Richmond. Aixiu Zhang '03PhD/E is coor-
dinator of Communications & Training at
A&C International in Rockville, MD, where
It's a Wonderful Life!
Bailey Condrey '50BS/B died April 29, 2003, at home in Virginia
Beacti. Tremendously energetic, he packed a lot into his 81 years, and
enjoyed the heck out of most of it.
At RPI, he personified the can-do spirit of the post-WW II genera-
tion of veterans going to college on the Gl bill. In 1950, Condrey mobi-
lized his classmates to set up the RPI Alumni Association and headed the temporary
Executive Committee that wrote the charter, canvassed graduates and found officers.
He continued to be very active in the eariy years.
During a 44-year career managing public affairs for C & P Telephone and as a civic
activist, Bailey Condrey became "a household word" in Norfolk, said columnist Larry
Bonko. His daughter Harriet Condrey fondly called him King Farouk. He was an avid
baseball fan, and had played double-A ball as a young man in Richmond. "The region
has lost a tireless champion," says Harriet Condrey. "He had a wonderful life."
"A Marvelous Force in Richmond"
Rhoda Rubin Thalhimer died on March 24, 2003 at 81 . VCU benefited greatly from
her long and generous support of the university and its students and faculty.
Her enduring relationship with VCU began in 1962 when she was appointed to
the board of Richmond Professional Institute and then VCU from 1962 to 1972 and
again from 1974-85. She worked on many fundraising campaigns for the university
and MCV Hospitals.
For her service and dedication, VCU honored her with both the Presidential
Medallion and the Wayne Medal. She and her husband Charles Thalhimers were also
inducted into VCU's athletic hall of fame for their support of the tennis program; they
had donated funds to build VCU's Thalhimer Tennis Courts.
An avid art collector, she and her husband endowed the Rhoda Thalhimer Chair in
Art History, held by Dr. Robert Hobbs since 1992. Hobbs remembers her "tremendous
sense of humor and incisive intelligence. She set very high standards for herself and
others." Referring to her generosity in both time and resources for other civic causes,
Hobbs says, "She was a marvelous force in Richmond."
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Jane (Harrison) Cooke '33/A on January 17,
2003. She was a member of the Tuckahoe
Terrace Garden Club and the Virginia
Museum Council. She volunteered at the
Virginia Home for more than 50 years.
Louise (Bowers) Dillard '33BS/E on August
16, 2003. She was executive director of the
Virginia Academy of General Practitioners
in Richmond. Eugenia Wilson '39C/SW
on June 15, 2002.
Audrey Black '42BIVI on March 27, 2003.
She was a an accomplished pianist who
studied under John Powell and Florence
Robertson. Louis Earles '48MSW
Elaine Keys '48BS/E Judith Lederer
'49BS/B on September 22, 2002. *lsabella
Sanders 'ITMSW on October 25, 2001.
Eugenia (Farrow) Brown '54BFA on June
14, 2003. She was a member of the Virginia
Historical Society and several others. She
was an avid genealogist, history buff,
gardener and animal lover. Frances Hogg
Franklin '52BS, June 1, 2003, at 95. Atthe
time of her death, she was probably our
earliest living alumna. She had first taken
night classes during 1927-30 while she was
teaching school, when the School of Social
Work and Public Health, Richmond Division,
College of William and Mary, was housed
entirely at 827 West Franklin Street,
Founders Hall. She was an active Red
Cross volunteer organizer during WW II.
After receiving her BS in Social Science,
she taught second grade for 20 years
before an active retirement. Her family and
friends of all ages remember her lively spirit
and humor — her nickname "Pig" included
in her obituary is one example. Woodrow
Franklin '54BS/E John Harris '56BS/E on
February 20, 2003. He was a retired health
and physical education teacher at
Tuckahoe Middle School where he was
also head football and track coach. He
served in the US Navy during WWII on the
U.S.S. Iowa. He was the 7th Fleet Light
Heavyweight boxing champion. Kenneth
Huff '51BFA/MC on April 3, 2003, at 79. He
was the former owner of Ken Huff
Advertising and a founding member of the
Hermitage Road Church of Christ in
Richmond. Barbara Lehman '55BFA on
April 20, 2002. *Nancy Mitteldorfer
'54BS/H&S on May 24, 2003. She was a
retired vice president with Crestar Bank.
Talmadge Moose '55BFA on August 3, 2003.
He operated a graphic arts studio in
Charlotte, NC. He also headed a commer-
cial art program for Stanley Community
College. He taught at Montgomery
Technical College, Randolph Tech and the
John Campbell Folk School. Mary
(Frages) Pantele '58BS/H&S on April 28,
I I I am interested in sponsoring a student extern. Please send an information form.
Dr. Anne Atkinson
John Barron III
Ms. Rita Baugh
Sandra Haas Blacker
Nancy Whitehead Brockman
R. Keith Burton
Dr. Thomas H. Casey
Dr. Regis Chapman
Buddee C. H. Clinton
Mary Linda Copeland-Cruey
Collins Denny IV
Dr. Lucy Duah-Williams
George Emerson Jr.
Erma Jo Fielden
Mary Reed Fisher
Dr. Nancy A. Floyd
Rita Busse Gulliksen
C. Preston Herrington III
Dr. Richard Huffman Jr.
Barbara Taylor Kallus
William Kell Jr.
Dr. Edward Kitces
John J. McLaughlin Jr.
Cecil Millner Jr.
Dr. Lesley Padilla
Dr. Martha Redstrom-Plourd
Deborah MacArthur Repp
Jennifer Taney Robertson
Freddie Robinson Jr.
Dr. John Rose III
Mary Ellen Rose
Stephanie Peyton Shea
Dr. Marilyn Spiro
Christian William Walther
Dr. Jacqueline Wilson
William Wingfield Jr.
2003. She worked for Napier ERA in
Richmond. Mary Barbara Raines
'59BS/B, in 1998. She had worked for the US
government, and she was married to
William Hansen Jr. '61BS/B. Patricia
Rutledge '59BIVI. Joan Smiley '53BSW.
Gertrude (Bruce) Smith '50BS on July 16,
2003, at 91. She was a teacher, principal
and librarian in Henrico County, VA.
"John Thomas '58BS/MC on February
Farrell Carter '68BS/E on July 25, 2003, at
73. He retired as a major in the U.S. Air
Force where he was a pilot. He taught in
Henrico County Schools and worked at
APC, Inc. William Claud '63BS/H&S on
May 25, 2003, at 62. He retired from Bell
Atlantic (Verizon) after 22 years and from
the Chesterfield County Department of
Utilities after eight years. He served in the
Marine Corps, Air Force, and the Army
National Guard, where he retired with the
rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As a pilot during
the Vietnam War, he received a Purple
Heart. » Michael Cooper '66BS/B on May
14, 2003, at 58, in an automobile accident
Irene Glover-Forbes '62BFA on October 28,
2003, of Lou Gehrig's Disease. Charles
Pearson Jr '69/En on February 23, 2003, at
81. He was a lieutenant in the US Navy
during WWII. He was a member of the
Downtown Richmond Kiwanis Club.
""James Seaborn Jr '61BS/B on April 30,
2003, at 71, after a long illness. He was an
Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He
was a retired senior vice president of
Sovran Mortgage Corporation. He was a
director of Home Builders Associations for
Newport News-Hampton, the Blue Ridge,
and Virginia. He served on VCU's Board of
Visitors from 1 970-81 . Herbert Setchel Jr
'66BS/B on February 15, 2003, at 58, of
cancer. Edwin Smith '62BS/B Marion
Smith '61MSW on August 26, 2003. She was
a social worker at the Veterans
Administration Hosp'rtal. *Marion Spong
'69BS/H&S on March 5, 2003. She worked
for the Commonwealth of
Virgina. William Ware Jr'69MEd on
December 28, 2002, at 63. He was principal
of Henrico County Byrd Middle School
before retiring in 1994. After retirement, he
was a legislative liaison for Henrico County
Public Schools, university supervisor for
of Richmond and instructor for the
University of Richmond's Teacher
Doris (Brandon) Barksdale '76BA/H&S on
May 4, 2003. Joan (Benfield) Berman
'70BS/E '78MEd on May 10, 2003, at 56, of
cancer. She taughtspecial education in
Richmond and Latin in Augusta and Prince
Edward Counties. She also taught Latin and
Sanskirt at the University of Virginia.
*Raleigh Britton Jr '59BFA '73MFA on April
20, 2003, at 65. He was professor of Fine
Arts at Virginia Wesleyan University.
Susan Broadus '74BS/B on August 23, 2002.
Joseph Collins '74BS/B on June 3, 2003,
at 59. He was a sales associate at SunCom
and served in the US Army during the
Vietnam War. Elsie Cutchin '72BA/H&S
on March 9, 2003, at 91. She worked for the
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City of Richmond Department of
Recreations and Parl<s and taught art
classes for the City of Richmond. She was a
memberofthe Chancellor Wythe Chapter
of the D.A.R. Edna (Preston) Dalrymple
'71BS/SW on May 20, 2003, at 91 . She had
been a librarian in the West Point and the
New Kent School systems. *Martha
Dennis '76BS/E on June 27, 2003, at 48. She
taught Day School at St. Thomas Episcopal
Church. Tyree Felder II '70MS/B on April
30, 2003. He was retired from the US Army,
Quatermaster Division and from VCU as
director of the Equal Employment
Opportunity Office. Elizabeth (Dawideit)
Gravatt '75MEd on August 10, 2003. She
taught in Spotsylvania County, VA and
owned a hardware store. Elizabeth
Grubbs '72C/A on July 18, 2003, at 82.
Frances (Weisiger) Grubbs '72MEd on
January 29, 2003, at 76. She was a retired
teacher of the Chesterfield County Schools.
Shirley (Anderson) Hobbs 70BS/H&S on
January 18, 2003. Lee Hutcheson-Riley
'79BFA on July 16, 2003. She worked as a
fisherwoman on the Valiant Maid in Alaska
and was a ski-instructor in Colorado.
Bernard Kaplan '77BS '79MS/B on
December 30, 2002. Irene Lees
'76BS/H&S on December 30, 2002. She was
founder and leader of the Great Books
group and established the Foreign
Language Bank at Chesterfield Public
Library. She also volunteered as a tutor and
a financial counselorforthe Extension
Service Stephen Lenton '73MS/E
Rodney Lewis ■78MAE on May 4, 2003, at
56. He taught for 34 years, and taught pho-
tography at Monacan H.S. in Chesterfield
County for 1 5 years. His daughter Carrie
Lewis says, "My Dad was a role model and
a mentor who changed many students'
lives. Strict but always fair, he was very
proud to be a teacher." Louise
(Shomaker) Lipford '72AA on July 31, 2003,
at 85. Roy Morgan '73MSW on July 14,
2003, at 86, of cancer. He was stationed at
Pearl Harbor on December?, 1941 and was
an active member of the Pearl Harbor
Survivors Association. He was a B-17 pilot
in the Pacific Theater, and served in military
intelligence. He helped introduce American
baseball in Madrid during a tour in Spain.
He held a Command Pilot rating and earned
the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also
a supervisor of Fairfax County Court
Juvenile Justice programs. Michael
Parnell '78BS/B on January 7, 2003, at 49.
He was an accountant at Overnite
Transportation for 25 years. Jennifer
(Kouten) Plentl '77BS/E on May 17, 2003, at
50 Miriam (Delano) Rice '71 BS/E on
December 29, 2002. She taught music and
sixth-grade English in the Richmond County
School System. Lee (Hutcheson) Riley
'79BFA on July 16, 2003. She worked on a
commercial fishing boat. The Valiant Maid,
in Alaska and later taught skiing at Wolf
Creek Pass in Colorado. BrendaSaxe
'73BS/MC Kenneth Sheeran '72BS/H&S
on March 20, 2003. *C.LSIonaker
'65BME '72MM on March 25, 2003, of con-
gestive heart failure. He was principal of
Crestwood Elementary in 1975, Greenfield
Elementary in 1990 and was the first princi-
pal of Woolridge Elementary. He was prin-
cipal of Robious Elementary in 1997. He was
former director of elementary education in
Chesterfield. Alex Spencer '75BS/H&S
on May 31, 2003, at 77. He was pastor of
Reams Independent Methodist Church in
Dinwiddle, VA for many years. He served in
the US Army during WWII and the Korean
War, and was a member of the Virginia
National Guard and chaplain for the Virginia
Defense Force. At VCU's MCV Hospitals, he
was chief of police, administrator of the
A.D. Williams Clinic, and night superinten-
dent. He was a counselor with the Virginia
Department of Corrections before retirment.
Mary Stocks '76MEd on July 19, 2003. She
was head librarian at J. R.Tucker High
School in Henrico County, VA. James
Thomas ■71/H&S on April 1, 2003. William
Tinker '71MS/B on FebruarY 10, 2003, at 64.
He retired in 1999 from Dominion Power
after 30 years as a cash manager. He was a
member of the Multiple Sclerosis
Foundation. Everett Vause '69BS/SW
'72MEd on March 28, 2003. He founded
Adam's Corner School for emotionally dis-
turbed children and worked with the
Virginia Treatment Center at VCU Health
System. He founded the first fraternity on
the Academic Campus, Phi Delta Omega,
which merged with Sigma Phi Epsilon, and
was president from 1964-68. James
Walker Sr '75BS/B, at sunrise, April 15,
Key To Abbreviations
Alumni are identified by year degree/school
AH Allied Health Professions
(CLS) Clinical Laboratory Sciences
(RC) Rehabilitation Counseling
CPP Centerfor Public Policy
H&S Humanities and Sciences
M-BH Medicine-Basic Health Sciences
MC Mass Communications
SW Social Work
AS Associate's Degree
BGS Bachelor of General Studies
BIS Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of Fine Art
BIS, MIS Bachelor, Master of Interdisciplinary
2003, in Richmond. In a long and varied business
career, his own business was Creative Ideas, in
home improvement. His passion was for Melaleuca,
Inc: The Wellness Company. "Jimmy professed his
love for the Lord in everything he did," says his wife,
Frances. He was studying for the ministry when he
Roy Bruce 'SBBA/H&S on June 25, 2003, at 36. He
was a writer and president of the Cartoon Fantasy
Organization of Central Virginia and the Japanese
Animation Network. He was also guest liaison
director for Anime Mid-Atlantic, and worked with
Studio Ironcat in Fredericksburg, VA. He wrote and
maintained the HistoricVA.com website and volun-
teered at the VCU Libraries Special Collections.
James Chaffin Jr on April 11 , 2003, at 51 . He served
for many years on the Board of the Creekwood
Owners' Association and awarded many scholar-
ships through its scholarship fund. Holly Coe
■88BM on Aprill 6, 2003. *James Fields Jr ■75BS/B
'82MEd on June 2, 2003, at 60, of nonHodgkins
lymphoma. A cost analyst for DuPont, he also taught
adult accounting at Meadowbrook High School. He
served for 30 years in the US Army Reserve and
retired as a Command Sergeant Major with the 81st
Airborne "Screaming Eagles" in Chattanooga, TN.
Joanne Lansinger '83BS/B on March 23, 2003, at 63.
She volunteered in hospice programs, at the
Children's Hospital of Honduras and atthe Laubach
Literacy Council. Anne McLeod '80BS/B on
August 4, 2003, at 78. She worked for the City of
Richmond from 1970-79. She volunteered at
Chippenham Hospital and the Virginia Historical
Society. Vernon Robins Jr '89C/B on June 26,
2003, at 45. He was a CPA at Philip Morris. Jane
(Pierce) Sandelin '81 BFA on January 6, 2003.
Raymond Taylor '80MA/B on August 14, 2002.
Crystalyn Thompson '87BS/B on March 23, 2003. •
Jan van Reekum ■85BS/B on April 21, 2003, at 43. He
served on the Board of Elk Hill Farm and was a vol-
unteer pilot for Angel Flight. Anne Velez
'87BA/H&S on May 29, 2003, at 39. She was director
of After School Programs at Collegiate School in
Richmond. Suzannah (Compson) Wardrup '89BFA
on March 12, 2003, at 35, of acute lymphocytic
leukemia. She founded and owned The Golden
Squeegee, a screen printing business in Richmond.
Robert Belfield ■89BSW '92MSW on May 2, 2003, at
64. He was founder of the Universal Exterminating
Company. Kristin Bell '93BFA on July 10, 2003, at
BSW, MSW Bachelor, Master of Social Work
BM, MM, MME Bachelor, Master of Music,
Master of Music Education
M, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration
MAE Master of Art Education
MBA Master of Business Administration
MD Doctor of Medicine
MEd Master of Education
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary Studies
MPA, DPA Master, Doctor of Public Administration
MT Five-yearTeacher Education program includes
a BA or BS/H&S and a Master of Teaching.
MURP Master of Urban and Regional Planning
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
*Member oftlie VCU Alumni Association
32. She taught art in schools in Ocala,
IVIiami, Winter Haven and Gainesville, FL
Kriszta Carver '98IVISW on March 21, 2003,
at 31, of colon cancer. She was a social
worker for Chesterfield County. Mark
Gilliland '92BS/B on July 25, 2003, at 50. He
trained US troops at Fort Irwin, CA. He also
tutored students at J. Sargeant Reynolds
Community College. *Sondra (McGarvey)
Held '91BSW'95MSW'95C/AH on March
15, 2003, of diabetes. She was director of
Bereavement at Bennett Funeral Home and
pastoral counselor for St. Mary's Woods
Retirement Center. She was a state presi-
dent of the Virginia SIDS Association, state
secretary of The Bereavement Association,
a member of the State of Virginia Fetal
Infant Mortality Review Team and the
Virginia Multiple Sclerosis Board. She was
a facilitatorfor SIDS and other survivors'
support groups, and founded the
Mechanicsville Chapter of Compassionate
Friends. Katherine Lindquist '96MEd on
March 13, 2003, of breast cancer She was
a guidance counselor for Chesterfield
County Schools. Edwin Merrick Jr
■90BFA on December 19, 2002. He owned
and operated EJM Design. Micliael
Snapp '90BS/H&S '94MS/B on December
24, 2002, at 34. He was a programmer/
analyst at the Department of Motor
Vehicles in Richmond.
Dr. Jeffrey Hilton Smart '02MFA on June 14,
2003, at 43, of cancer He was a prolific
theater critic, playwright, actor and singer.
He taught theatre history, speech and ESL
at VCU. "His three greatest loves," says his
partner, Foster Billingsley, "were musical
theater, the written word and education.
Jeffrey taught us that it was freeing not to
have a lot of money, but to do what was
most important to you." A quiet man, "he
had a wicked sense of humor." His strong
spirituality and bonds with his partner,
family and friends brought "calls and letters
from his friends all over the country" at his
death. Katrina Thomas '01BSW on May
10, 2003, at 30.
Friends of VCU
In our Spring 2003 issue, we mistakenly
reported that Clinton Ferguson, who died
December 25, 2002, at 86, taught in the
School of the Arts. He was an associate
professor ofeconomics at VCU's School of
Business. Lawrence Blanchard Jr. on
April 14, 2003, at 82. A retired vice chair and
CFO of Ethyl Corp., he had served on the
board of the VCU Foundation. Clinton
Baber on April 2, 2003, at 93. He served in
the US Army during WWII, retiring with the
rank of Colonel. He worked for many years
in the tobacco industry in Richmond,
Venezuela and the Philippines. For 20 years
he worked in commercial real estate at
Harrison & Bates. He was chair of the
Virginia Section of The American Chemical
Society and served on the General Staff of
The Military Order of the World Wars. His
wife, Lucille Anderson Baber '39BS/H&S,
had died February 26, 2001 . Anne (Young)
Sternheimer on January 21, 2003, of cancer.
She was secretary-treasurer of A&N
Stores since 1980. She endowed VCU
scholarships for nursing and athletics and
served on the Massey Cancer Center
Advisory Board; her husband, Mark, served
on the School of Engineering Foundation
Board. She received a Humanitarian Award
from the National Conference of Christians
and Jews in 1997. She had her pilot's
license, and volunteered for local state and
congressional campaigns. She was
appointed to preservation councils for
Capital Square and the Governor's
Mansion. Robert Archer Wilson Jr. on
April 3, 2003 in Tuscon, at 89. He served on
the Board of Visitors from 1962 to 1972, his
last two years as Rector. In 1968, Richmond
Professional Institute merged with the
Medical College of Virginia to become VCU.
A member of the commission which wrote
Richmond's council-manager charter
adopted in 1948, he was elected to the first
City Council underthe new charter
Saturday IMight Fsver
( Basketball B DIsca Ball )
Saturday, December 6, 7 pm
WWiam & Mary vfip. Rams
Followed by Dance Party Disco Band Groove Spot
Saturday, February 21, 7 pm
aid Daminian vs. Rams
Foilowed by the Ultimate Booty Band Sleeping Booty
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School of Allied Health Professions
Reverend Robert Lantz '64 Certificate in
Chair of the Board, Maryland Institute of
Pastoral Counseling, Inc., Board Certified
Diplomate of the American Association of
Starrene Foster '89-'95 Dance
Dancer, teacher, choreographer and Artistic
Director of Starr Foster Dance Project;
choreography pesented at Charlottesville
Festival of Contemporary Dance &
Improvisation and Philadelphia Fringe Festival
Basic Health Sciences, School of Medicine
Dr. Kevin Holmes '81 PhD Anatomy
Head of Flow Cytometry Section, National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
National Institutes of Health
School of Business
Edward Flippen '64 BS
Partner in the Public Utilities and Energy
Group, McGuireWoods; past Rector and
member of VCU Board of Visitors; past Chair
of Administrative Lavi^ Section, Virginia State
Bar Board of Governors
School of Dentistry
Dr. James Watkins '75 DDS
Private dentistry practice, former member of
American Dental Society's Council on Dental
Education/ Commission on Dental
Accreditation; ADA representative for Dental
Assisting National Board
School of Education
Donna Dalton '00 MEd
Director of Curriculum and Instruction for
Chesterfield County Public Schools; 1994
Presidential Av^/ard for Science and
School of Engineering
James Munn '01 BS Electrical Engineering
Staff Engineer with IBM-Electronics Division,
Manufacturing Engineering in Burlington,
Vermont; a founder and past president of VCU
Chapters of engineering fraternity Theta Tau
and engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi
College ofHwnanities and Sciaices
Brian Jackson '85 BA Political Science
Vice President and General Counsel,
Corporate Secretan/ and Member of Board of
Directors for Ukrops Supermarkets, Inc.
School of Mass Commmications
William Chapman '87 BS
Chris Thurston '87 BS
Founders of RightMinds advertising and mar-
keting agency; Richmond Ad Club's 2001-02
Ad Team of the Year; 2002 Richmond
Business Ethics Award
School of Medicine
Dr. Christopher Colenda III 77 MD
Geriatric Psychiatrist and Dean of the College
of Medicine at Texas A&M University System
Health Science Center; Special
Commendation of the American Psychiatric
Association Council on Aging
School of Nursing
Dr. Bennie Marshall 70 BS
2002 Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse
Fellow, Professor and Head of the
Department of Nursing at Norfolk State
School of Pharmacy
Daniel Herbert '66 BS
President and CEO of Richmond
Apothecaries, President-Elect of American
School of Social Work
Ray Goodwin '64 MSW
Deputy Commissioner of Virginia Department
of Social Services since 1 976; initiated Virginia
Social Services' training for local child welfare
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